TBA Law Blog


Posted by: Katharine Heriges on May 4, 2018
The Tennessee Supreme Court has suspended a Rutherford County attorney, James Carl Cope, for an additional 25 months. Cope was temporarily suspended in October 2016, and he requested that his final suspension be retroactive to the date of his initial suspension. The Court rejected his request and also rejected the Board of Professional Responsibility’s request to disbar him. Cope pleaded guilty to insider trading in 2016, and the Tennessee Supreme Court immediately suspended him and referred the matter to the Board of Professional Responsibility to determine his final discipline. A hearing panel of lawyers determined he be suspended retroactive to his summary suspension in 2016, but the Supreme Court disagreed, and ordered the suspension to begin upon the filing of their opinion.