Attorney Discipline, 0216 WYBJ, Vol. 39 No. 1. 56

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Attorney Discipline

Vol. 39 No. 1 Pg. 56

Wyoming Bar Journal

February, 2016

PRIVATE REPRIMAND

The Review and Oversight Committee of the Wyoming State Bar issued a private reprimand to an attorney who undertook to represent a client in a potential personal injury action for injuries the client suffered in a workplace accident. Subsequent investigation of the claim by the attorney revealed that the client suffered from pre-existing health conditions that compromised the viability of the claim. That factor, in connection with the existence of a substantial worker's compensation lien and other considerations, led the attorney to the conclusion that the claim had a very low likelihood of success. However, by the time the attorney came to that conclusion, the statute of limitations had expired. The attorney notified the client, who then submitted a complaint to the Office of Bar Counsel. Upon receipt of the complaint, the attorney admitted that he violated Rule 1.3 (diligence) of the Wyoming Rules of Professional Conduct in...

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