On Thursday, February 15, 2024, Tennessee lawyer Troy Bowlin received a public reprimand from the Circuit Court of the City of Richmond, Virginia related to his representation of a Virginia client.

The case is entitled “Virginia State Bar Ex Rel Third District, Section III Committee v. Troy Bowlin,” with case no. CL23005694-00.

According to court documents, Bowlin agreed to investigate potential sexual assault claims on behalf of a woman named Nycole Love in 2019, despite not being licensed to practice in Virginia. Bowlin obtained personal information from Love and had her sign a representation agreement, but closed her file later that year when unable to reach her by phone.

In 2020, Bowlin’s law firm contacted Love again to obtain a medical records release without his knowledge. Records show Love then provided additional case information to the firm. When Love and another attorney called Bowlin in October 2020 concerned about the statute of limitations, Bowlin disclosed for the first time that he was not licensed in Virginia and could not file suit.

The Virginia State Bar filed a complaint against Bowlin for practicing law in Virginia without a license, failing to properly communicate with Love about the status of her case or his inability to represent her, charging an unreasonable 40% contingency fee without outlining how associated local counsel would be paid, and not taking appropriate steps to protect Love’s interests when terminating the representation.

On February 14, 2024, Bowlin appeared before a three-judge panel of the Circuit Court of the City of Richmond. He accepted the terms of an agreed disposition submitted jointly by himself and the Bar, receiving a public reprimand. The court’s order incorporated the disposition and reprimand, assessing court costs to Bowlin.

The Disposition states:

“It is ORDERED that the Circuit Court accepts the Agreed Disposition, and the Respondent shall receive a Public Reprimand without Terms.”

According to the filing, Mr. Bowlin has been licensed to practice law in Tennessee since 2006.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.