Board of Professional Responsibility counsel to resign

Ex-prosecutor, Bass partner will next serve as Tennessee Commerce and Insurance Department counsel

Nancy Jones, chief disciplinary counsel of the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility, has announced she is resigning from the position, effective Sept. 30, to become general counsel at the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance.

Jones has served as BPR chief disciplinary counsel since May 2007.

Prior to joining the BPR, Jones spent 12 years as a federal prosecutor in New York, Oklahoma and Tennessee and was a litigation partner at Nashville firm Bass Berry & Sims. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri and her law degree from Syracuse University.

Under Jones’ leadership, the BPR staff investigated approximately 11,860 complaints against attorneys alleging professional misconduct. Almost 2,000 of those cases resulted in some form of public or private discipline of attorneys by the board, including 66 disbarments, 205 public reprimands and 173 suspensions.

“Nancy Jones leaves the BPR in a stronger position than it was when she arrived,” Chief Justice Gary Wade said in a prepared statement. "Thanks to Nancy’s efforts, technological improvements to registration and record keeping systems have been made, and investigation and enforcement of ethical violations by attorneys have been zealous. We commend Nancy for her dedication to the legal system and wish her well as she moves on to her next challenge.”