Holmes v. Onore
An attorney who allegedly becomes ill and stops working on his client's case is not diligent, in violation of Rule 1.3 of the Rules of Professional Conduct. The complainant, Williams Holmes, hired the respondent attorney, Eric Onore, to assist him with a matter before the housing court. The respondent attorney filed a complaint and started to prosecute his client's case and then became ill. The client was forced to represent himself, and he filed a grievance complaint. The respondent attorney did not file an answer to the grievance complaint. The Statewide Grievance Committee found, by clear and convincing evidence, that the respondent attorney was not diligent and did not communicate adequately, in violation of Rules 1.3 and 1.4 of the Rules of Professional Conduct. The respondent also failed to file an answer to the grievance complaint, in violation of Rule 8.1(2). The respondent previously was reprimanded in the 1990s. The Statewide Grievance Committee reprimanded the respondent attorney.