TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Mar 2, 2018
On March 1, the Supreme Court of Tennessee temporarily suspended Hamilton County lawyer James Thomas Neal from the practice of law upon finding that Neal misappropriated funds and poses a threat of substantial harm to the public. Neal also represented a client in a medical malpractice case that was dismissed.  Instead of telling the client that the case had been dismissed, he falsely stated that the case had settled and gave the client a worthless check for the client’s share of the fictitious settlement. Section 12.3 of Supreme Court Rule 9 provides for the immediate summary suspension of an attorney’s license to practice law in cases of an attorney misappropriating funds or otherwise posing a threat of substantial harm to the public. Neal must cease representing existing clients by March 31, 2018.