On Friday, February 16, 2024, the Supreme Court of Tennessee issued an order disbarring Nashville attorney Brian Philip Manookian.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of  Brian Philip Manookian.”

The charges cited Tennessee Rules of Professional Conduct 1.9, 4.4, 8.2, and 8.4. 

According to the release from the Board of Professional Responsibility, a Hearing Panel had determined Manookian sent inappropriate messages to opposing counsel in previous cases, some of which targeted family members, that aimed to embarrass, intimidate, and overburden them. The Panel also found Manookian had improperly disclosed confidential information regarding a former client.

In addition, the Panel ruled Manookian published false statements and accusations about the integrity of an unnamed judge. It determined this conduct, along with actions that were detrimental to the administration of justice, violated the Tennessee Rules of Professional Conduct.

The Chancery Court had affirmed the Panel’s initial judgment to suspend Manookian’s law license. However, the Supreme Court issued a mixed ruling in the case, affirming some aspects of the lower courts’ judgments while reversing others. This resulted in Thomas Manookian being disbarred from practicing law.

According to avvo.com, Mr. Manookian was a litigation attorney in Nashville, Tennessee. He attended the Vanderbilt University Law School. He acquired his law license in Tennessee in 2007.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.