Chattanooga Attorney Lisa Bowman Suspended From Law Practice For A Year Due To Unethical Conduct In Divorce Case

Monday, January 22, 2018

The Tennessee Supreme Court has entered an order suspending Lisa Zarzour Bowman from the practice of law for one year with 30 days being an active suspension and the remainder served on probation.

In includes the appointment of a practice monitor pursuant to Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 9, Sections 12.2 and 12.9. 

In addition, Ms. Bowman must pay the Board’s costs in the disciplinary proceeding.

       The high court said, "On August 24, 2016, a Petition for Discipline containing one (1) complaint was filed against Ms. Bowman alleging lack of diligence, lack of communication, and incompetent representation.  After a trial upon the merits, the Hearing Panel found Ms. Bowman (a) failed to timely prepare and file documents with the trial court for a period of nearly 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.  Ms. Bowman’s unethical conduct violated Rules of Professional Conduct 1.3 (diligence); 1.4 (communication); 3.2 (expediting litigation) and 8.4 (misconduct).

            "Ms. Bowman must comply with the requirements of Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 9, Sections 28 and 30.4, regarding the obligations and responsibilities of suspended attorneys and may not return to the active practice of law until an order of reinstatement has been entered by the Supreme Court."



Corker, Perdue, Graves Applaud Passage Of Financial Reform

Senators Bob Corker and David Perdue and Rep. Tom Graves applauded passage by the House of financial reform.   Senator Corker commented after the House of Representatives passed the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act (S.2155), which is targeted toward helping community banks, credit unions, mid-sized banks and regional banks. The bipartisan ... (click for more)

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against United Community Bank For Alleged Improper Overdraft Fee Practices

A class action lawsuit has been filed against United Community Bank, a regional bank headquartered in Georgia with locations in three additional states, including Tennessee.   United Community Bank has offices in Cleveland, Tn., and Murphy, N.C., as well as Blue Ridge, Summerville, Trion and Blairsville, Ga.    The suit was filed Wednesday in ... (click for more)

Witnesses Say Donaldson Was Calm After Killing Son-In-Law - "I'm Just Sitting Here Waiting For The Law"

Witnesses said Glen Allen Donaldson was calm after killing his son-in-law on Dec. 29, 2016, saying, "I'm just sitting here waiting for the law." Donaldson, 57, is facing a first-degree murder charge in the death of 39-year-old Adam Levi. The jury in the courtroom of Judge Don Poole was told that Donaldson left the residence on Niles Terrace where Levi was living and drove ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Man Who Served Time For Attempted Murder Now Facing Armed Robbery Charge

A Chattanooga man who earlier served time for an attempted first-degree murder is now facing an armed robbery count. Garion Devilliar Lewis Jr., 33, is charged with aggravated robbery as well as drug and gun counts. In an incident on May 9, a man who no longer lives in Chattanooga said he was leaving his mother's residence on Sholar Avenue when he saw a man he knows across ... (click for more)

Refuting Racism

In an opinion piece, 5/18/18, Rev. Josh Woodrow referred to me and my fellow School Board member, Joe Smith, as racists and white supremacists because we spoke out against busing. I have never met or spoken with Rev. Woodrow so he knows nothing about me. The reverend obviously knows nothing about Joe Smith either. Seems one of the reverend’s hobbies is “brewing beer”. Maybe, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: ‘Don’t Invent, Discover!’

When Randy Boyd stood in front of more than 75 black ministers in Memphis on Tuesday, the ever-dynamic “doer of deeds” told the pastors an exciting story. He talked about “First Things First” of Chattanooga because the Tennessee gubernatorial candidate is totally sold on what Julie Baumgardner and her team have proven keeps families together. Boyd then met with some representatives ... (click for more)