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Public Reprimand No. 2002-30


Order (public reprimand) entered by the Board December 31, 2002.


In 1995, the respondent received an admonition for, among other misconduct, neglect of an underinsured motorist claim. In connection with that admonition, the respondent agreed with the client to continue representing her for the purposes of resolving the still outstanding underinsurance claim. Thereafter, between 1995 and 1999, the respondent failed to respond to many of the clientís communications. Also, following unsuccessful demands that the insurer arbitrate the claim in 1997 and 1998, the respondent failed to file a lawsuit against the insurer. In June of 1999, the client discharged the respondent and retained successor counsel.

The respondentís delay of over four years in prosecuting the clientís underinsurance claim, after having received an admonition for neglect in this same matter, violated Mass. R. Prof. C. 1.3 and Canon Six, DR6-101(A)(3). The respondentís failure to respond timely to the clientís inquiries concerning her underinsured motorist claim violated Mass. R. Prof. C. 1.4.

The respondent received a public reprimand for the above violations.

1 Compiled by the Board of Bar Overseers based on the record of proceedings before the Board.

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