Pullman & Comley attorney David P. Atkins was quoted in an article on the ABA Journal website about the full decision in the Total Attorneys case on February 8, 2010.
A Connecticut Statewide Grievance Committee hearing panel granted the motion to dismiss argued by David at a November, 2009, hearing in Hartford. The Committee dismissed disciplinary charges against five Connecticut bankruptcy attorneys who paid to be listed on a promotional website run by Chicago-based Total Attorneys.
David and attorney Marcy Tench Stovall successfully argued on behalf on three of the five Connecticut attorneys whose participation in Total Attorneys' web-based listings was claimed to violate the restrictions on attorney fee sharing.
"The Connecticut hearing committee—the first attorney disciplinary tribunal in any of the 47 states in which identical complaints were filed to both conduct an evidentiary hearing and to issue a decision—completely rejected each of the disciplinary charges against our clients," said David. "Most important, the decision clears the charged attorneys from claims of professional misconduct that have hung over them since last April."
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