Court Upholds Disbarment of Carter Co. Lawyer

In a unanimous ruling released today, the Tennessee Supreme Court found that the Carter County Chancery Court properly disbarred Thomas Ewing Cowan from the practice of law. The court noted that in 2009, Cowan pleaded guilty to willful attempt to evade the payment of taxes and was sentenced to one year in prison and assessed $270,000 in restitution. It also found that Cowan had not acknowledged the seriousness of his misconduct and had a history of ethical violations, including two suspensions, three public reprimands and 15 private admonishments. Download the decision