Pro Hac Vice Attorneys
A lawyer not licensed to practice law in Tennessee, who is licensed in another United States jurisdiction, and who resides outside Tennessee shall be permitted* to appear pro hac vice, file pleadings, motions, briefs, and other papers and to fully participate in a particular proceeding before a trial or appellate court of Tennessee if the lawyer complies with certain conditions. The terms and conditions for pro hac vice attorneys are defined in Rule 19 of the Supreme Court of Tennessee.
Pro hac vice attorneys are required to file a copy of the motion to appear and all associated papers with the Board of Professional Responsibility prior to filing with the court. Additionally, pro hac vice attorneys are required to pay to the Board a fee equal to the annual registration fee required of Tennessee lawyers (currently $170.00) annually while they actively participate in the registered matter. The payment may be made through the Board’s attorney portal or by mail. If mailing a payment to the Board, the attorney must include a $5.00 processing fee. Make the check payable to Board of Professional Responsibility in the amount of $175.00. For payment through the attorney portal, submit the required documentation either by mail or email. We will forward log-in information for access to the Board’s attorney portal for payment. Your registration will not be complete and you will not be “active” until the full payment is received. If the attorney’s appearance is pro bono, you are required to notify the Board when completing your initial registration. Attorneys are required to renew their registration annually on or before January 1 until their case-participation ends.
For a complete and unabridged description of the rules and requirements for pro hac vice attorneys, please refer to Rule 19 of the Supreme Court of Tennessee. Additional information may be found in the Pro Hac Vice Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page. A sample affidavit is provided in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format. For further assistance, please contact the Board of Professional Responsibility by email to email@example.com or by telephone (800-486-5714 ext. 227 or 615-361-7500 ext. 227).
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* Pro hac vice admission is granted only by the trial courts and not by the Board of Professional Responsibility. Listings on the Board's website for pro hac vice attorneys indicate only that application has been made to the trial court and the applicant is in compliance with Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 19(f) for the calendar year indicated. Admission is pending until granted by the trial court.
Pro Hac Vice Registration
Attorneys applying for pro hac vice admission for the first time must send copies of the motion, affidavit and certificate of good standing to the Board of Professional Responsibility by mail, fax or by email. Attorneys will not appear as registered on our website until we have received your registration fee which may be paid by check or by credit card through the attorney portal. If paying by check, attorneys are required to pay a $5.00 processing in addition to the registration fee (see above). If your registration is by fax or by email submission, once your record is complete, you will be notified by email including instructions for accessing the Board’s attorney portal. Your payment will list your registration as a pro hac vice attorney on the Board’s website; however, in order to complete the admission process, you will need to be admitted by the trial court.
If you are participating as pro hac vice in other matters, you may list additional case involvement through the Board’s attorney portal (See ANNUAL REGISTRATION/CASE PARTICIPATION and Add New Case Participation). Alternatively, you may forward documentation showing additional case participation to the Board by mail, email or fax so that we may add the matter to your record. Please provide your unique registration number (PHV #) for all communication with the Board.
Copies may be provided as follows:
Board of Professional Responsibility
10 Cadillac Dr Ste 220
Brentwood, TN 37027
For attorneys applying for pro hac vice admission the first time, please send copies of the motion, affidavit, and certificate of good standing either via the U.S. Postal Service, fax, or e-mail to the Board of Professional Responsibility at the address above.
Once your record is complete, your status as a pro hac vice attorney in the Board's records will be "Active," however, in order to complete the process you will also need to be admitted by the trial court. You may wish to check your status and print a copy of your listing for your records.
For additional questions, you may contact our Registration Department by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.