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Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Public Reprimand No. 2010-7



RONALD L. BRANDT

Order (public reprimand) entered by the Board April 8, 2010.

SUMMARY1


The respondent, Ronald L. Brandt, Esq., is an attorney duly admitted to the Bar of the Commonwealth on January 6, 1982. In October of 2005, a client retained the respondent to represent him in a medical malpractice case concerning surgery and post-operative care performed in October of 2004. The client provided the respondent with copies of some of his medical records.

In early August 2007, the respondent decided not to pursue the clientís case. However, the respondent never notified the client of his decision, did not return the clientís medical records and did not advise the client of his right to consult with other attorneys, of the statute of limitations, or of the consequences of failing to file suit by the end of the limitations period. The respondent did not take any steps to toll the statute of limitations for the client or otherwise protect his rights while he sought to consult with other attorneys. Between November of 2005 and June of 2008, the respondent never wrote to or spoke with the client. In June of 2008, the client went to the respondentís office and was told for the first time that no lawsuit had been filed.

The respondentís failure to keep the client informed about the status of the matter and advise the client of his decision not to proceed with the case violated Mass. R. Prof. C. 1.2(a), 1.3, and 1.4. The respondentís decision to terminate his representation of the client without taking reasonably practicable steps to protect the clientís interests and his not seasonably returning all of the clientís files to him in violated Mass. R. Prof. C. 1.16(d).

In aggravation, the respondent had substantial experience in the practice of law.

The matter came before the Board of Bar Overseers on a stipulation of facts and a joint recommendation for discipline. On March 8, 2010, the Board voted to accept the partiesí stipulation and to impose a public reprimand.


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



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