On Thursday, April 20, 2023, the Supreme Court of Tennessee ordered the suspension of Knoxville Attorney Troy Lee Bowlin pursuant to the latter’s conditional guilty plea acknowledging violations of the rules of professional conduct.

The case was brought by the Board of Professional Responsibility, under case no. M2023-00309-SC-BAR-BP.

The charges cited Bowlin’s violation of Tennessee Rules of Professional Conduct 1.15 (safekeeping property and funds) and 5.3 (responsibilities regarding nonlawyer assistants).

The rules of professional conduct can be found on the Tennessee Courts page.

According to the information released by the Board of Professional Responsibility, the Board filed a Petition for Discipline alleging that Bowlin failed to properly maintain client and third-party funds in his law firm’s trust account, failed to regularly review and balance the trust account and did not take sufficient steps to ensure that non-lawyer staff adhered to professional standards.

Bowlin thru a revised Conditional Guilty Plea filed on March 29, 2023, admitted that his conduct violated the rules of professional conduct as charged, and he consented to the imposition of a three-year suspension from the practice of law with 30 days served as an active suspension and the remainder served on probation with conditions set forth in the conditional guilty plea.

Bowlin’s conditional guilty plea was approved by the hearing panel and thereafter entered an order recommending to the Court to approve the same.

Based on the foregoing facts, the Court finds it appropriate to enter an Order of Enforcement suspending Bowlin from the practice of law for three years with 30 days served as an active suspension and the remaining time served on probation with conditions set forth in the Conditional Guilty Plea.

Moreover, Bowlin was required to pay expenses and costs to the Board of Professional Responsibility amounting to $1,584.00.

Mr. Troy Lee Bowlin attended the Appalachian School of Law in Virginia. He has been licensed in Tennessee,  license no. 025893. He practiced in Knoxville, prior to the suspension. Bowlin’s info can be found on Avvo.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.