David Atkins Quoted in Connecticut Law Tribune on a Probate Ethics Violation Case

Connecticut Law Tribune

David P. Atkins, chairman of Pullman & Comley's Professional Liability practice, was quoted in an August 3, 2021 Connecticut Law Tribune news article about the case of a Connecticut  attorney's potential violations of the Rules of Professional Conduct in connection with his ongoing dispute with a former associate over the transfer of client files.

On a disciplinary complaint filed by the former associate, an attorney Grievance Panel initially found that probable cause exists for the Statewide Grievance Committee to investigate and conduct an evidentiary hearing.  On the attorney’s own complaint against the departed associate, that same Panel not only dismissed the complaint but, on its own, referred the attorney for a possible discipline.  Based on that referral, a different Grievance Panel has now filed a complaint in its name against the attorney.

David, who regularly defends lawyers in disciplinary proceedings, told the Law Tribune:   "In my experience, it is extremely unusual for a grievance panel in considering a grievance complaint filed by a lawyer… to both dismiss the lawyer’s complaint and then refer that lawyer for possible discipline for the same conduct identified in the lawyer’s dismissed complaint.”

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