On Friday, February 9, 2024, the Tennessee Supreme Court permanently disbarred Madison County lawyer Angela Joy Hopson from practicing law.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Angela Joy Hopson,”

The charges cited Tennessee Rules of Professional Conduct 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.15, 1.16, 3.2, 3.3, 4.1, 5.5, 8.1(b), and 8.4(b)(c)(d)(g).

The disciplinary matter stemmed from thirteen complaints lodged against Ms. Hopson alleging violations of various rules of professional conduct. She was found to have misappropriated client money, failed to appear in court, misled clients about case status, and failed to communicate with clients or prosecute cases diligently. She was also accused of charging unreasonable fees, failing to refund unearned payments, practicing law while suspended and not cooperating with the Board’s investigation.

As a result of these infractions related to diligence, communications, fees, fund safekeeping, client representation, and unauthorized practice, the Hearing Panel determined her actions warranted disbarment. Ms. Hopson had previously received a temporary suspension in July 2021 for failing to respond to an unrelated grievance. With the Supreme Court’s order, that suspension is no longer in place. Ms. Hopson is now obligated to fulfill requirements for disbarred attorneys per Tennessee court rules.

According to the Board of Professional Responsibility, the high court also ordered Ms. Hopson to pay restitution totaling $35,234 to eight individuals who had filed complaints.

According to avvo.com, Ms. Hopson is an attorney in Jackson, Tennessee. She attended the University of Tennessee College of Law. She acquired her law license in Tennessee in 2003.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.