TBA Law Blog


Posted by: Katharine Heriges on May 7, 2019
The Tennessee Supreme Court today rejected the petition for reinstatement filed by a Chattanooga attorney whose law license has been suspended since 1998. In 1997, Nathan E. Brooks faced serious discipline for complaints filed against him by multiple clients. In 1998, he agreed to a two-year suspension of his law license. In 2002, Brooks sought reinstatement of his law license. His request for reinstatement was denied because he had never paid the costs and restitution he agreed to pay as part of the settlement of his disciplinary charges. In 2004, he appealed to the Supreme Court claiming he was indigent and could not pay, but the court denied his appeal. Now he has again tried to appeal without paying his necessary costs and fees, and the court has denied him again, saying that practicing law is a privilege, not a right.