On Friday, February 2, 2024, the Supreme Court of Tennessee at Nashville ordered attorney William Howard Knapp to be transferred to disability inactive status due to incapacity from continuing the practice of law.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of William Howard Knapp,” with case no. M2024-00166-SC-BAR-BP.

The order came in response to a petition filed by the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility under Rule 9 of the Tennessee Supreme Court Rules. After reviewing documentation from Knapp and his medical provider, the Court determined that Knapp is currently unable to practice law due to his condition.

As a result of being placed on disability inactive status, Knapp’s law license is indefinitely suspended until further order from the Supreme Court. He must abide by all requirements of Rule 9 of the Tennessee Supreme Court Rules, including the responsibilities of attorneys in his situation as outlined in Section 28. Knapp may petition for reinstatement of his active license status pursuant to Section 27.7, subject to approval by the Court.

Additionally, the Board must publish notice of Knapp’s transfer to disability inactive status under Sections 27.5 and 28.11 of Rule 9. All documents related to Knapp’s disability proceeding, aside from the order itself, will remain confidential and not considered public records according to Section 32.4.

The Disposition states:

“IT IS, THEREFORE, CONSIDERED, ORDERED, ADJUDGED, AND DECREED BY THE COURT THAT: The law license of William Howard Knapp shall be transferred to disability inactive status for an indefinite period of time and until further order of the Supreme Court.”

A copy of the original filing can be found here.