On Wednesday, October 18, 2023, the Board of Professional Responsibility of the Supreme Court of Tennessee publicly censured attorney Christopher P. Westmoreland for his failure to document a contingency fee agreement with a client.

The case is entitled “In Re: Christopher P. Westmoreland,” case no. 73021-4-ES.

The charges cited Westmoreland’s violation of Tennessee Rules of Professional Conduct 1.5 (fees).

Westmoreland was accused of agreeing to represent a client in two probate cases for a 7% contingency fee without the client’s signed consent. The Board found that the fee was reasonable and earned, but the lack of a signed agreement was a violation of ethical rules.

Accordingly, the Board publicly censured Dozier for his violations of the Rules of Professional Conduct as charged.

Mr. Christopher P. Westmoreland’s LinkedIn profile indicates that he is the owner of Westmoreland Law Firm, with an office located in Shelbyville, Tennessee. He attended Valparaiso University Law School, graduating in 2005. Westmoreland acquired his law license in Tennessee in 2005.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.