On Thursday, January 18, 2024, the Supreme Court of Tennessee suspended Knoxville attorney Matthew David Barocas from practicing law. The suspension stems from a case brought by the Board of Professional Responsibility (BPR) in April 2022 that alleged multiple rules violations by Barocas relating to client funds and interactions with a tribunal.
The case is entitled “In the Matter of Matthew David Barocas,” with case no. M2024-00066-SC-BAR-BP.
According to a January 19, 2024 press release from the BPR, Barocas pled guilty to violations including failure to properly hold and deliver funds belonging to a third party in his possession, failure to keep separate funds in his trust account where multiple parties claimed interest, and misrepresentation regarding levied funds. Barocas signed a Conditional Guilty Plea on December 7, 2023, acknowledging his conduct broke Tennessee Rules of Professional Conduct regarding competence, fees, safekeeping property, and funds, candor toward the tribunal, fairness to opposing parties, impartiality of the tribunal, and misconduct.
The Supreme Court’s Order of Enforcement, filed on January 18, 2024, approved the Hearing Panel’s recommendation and Barocas’ Conditional Guilty Plea. The court suspended Barocas for one year, with three months to be served as an active suspension, with the remainder on probation. Conditions of his probation include incurring no new misconduct complaints, engaging a practice monitor, attending additional CLE courses, and paying $9,415 in costs to the Board.
According to avvo.com, Mr. Barocas is a criminal defense attorney in Knoxville, Tennessee. He attended the New York Law School, graduating in 2010. He acquired his law license in Tennessee in 2013.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.