Tennessee Supreme Court suspends Hamilton County lawyer
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. —
The Supreme Court of Tennessee has suspended a Hamilton County lawyer from practicing law for a year.
As part of the punishment, Lisa Zarzour Bowman will be prevented from practicing law for 30 days, and be on probation for the remaining 11 months. In addition, Bowman must pay the Board’s costs in the disciplinary proceeding.
The court says on August 24, 2016, a Petition for Discipline containing one complaint was filed against Bowman alleging lack of diligence, lack of communication, and incompetent representation. The Supreme Court of Tennessee did not specify a specific case involved.
After a trial upon the merits, the Hearing Panel found Bowman
- failed to timely prepare and file documents with the trial court for a period of nearly fifteen (15) months,
- failed to reasonably communicate with her client regarding changes made in the Final Decree of Divorce previously approved by the client, and
- filed a Final Decree of Divorce not approved by the client which omitted a material term negotiated by the client with her husband.
The Supreme Court of Tennessee says Bowman’s unethical conduct violated Rules of Professional Conduct 1.3 (diligence); 1.4 (communication); 3.2 (expediting litigation) and 8.4 (misconduct).