The Supreme Court of Tennessee’s Board of Professional Responsibility has issued a public censure against attorney Brian Chadwick Rickman for violating several rules of professional conduct. The censure was issued on October 11, 2023, and stemmed from a complaint filed against Rickman alleging that he settled a client’s case without the approval of the client.
The case is entitled “In the Matter of Brian Chadwick Rickman,” with case no. 72425-9-ES.
According to the censure, Rickman represented a client in a car wreck matter and agreed in writing to a settlement offer from the defendant without consulting his client. He later withdrew from the representation, and opposing counsel discovered that the client had not been aware of the settlement.
The censure states that Rickman’s actions demonstrate a lack of competence, diligence, and communication with his client and that he failed to properly terminate his representation of the client. The Board of Professional Responsibility ordered Rickman to receive a public censure.
The Disposition states:
“By the aforementioned acts, Brian Chadwick Rickman, is in violation of Rules of Professional Conduct 1.1 (competence), 1.2 (scope of representation), 1.3 (diligence), 1.4 (communication), 1.16 (termination of representation) and 8.1 (disciplinary matters), and he is hereby Publicly Censured for these violations.”
According to avvo.com, Mr. Rickman is an attorney in Memphis, Tennessee. He attended the University of Memphis – Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. He acquired his law license in Tennessee in 1995.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.