Gomez v. Conte
A lawyer who allegedly fails to inform a client about the basis or rate of the attorney's fees violates Rule 1.5(b) of the Rules of Professional Conduct. A local grievance panel found probable cause that the respondent attorney violated Rules 1.5(b), 1.7(a) and 1.7(b)(4) of the Rules of Professional Conduct. The respondent attorney, Gregory Conte, was admitted to the bar of the State of Connecticut in May 1980 and has no prior history of discipline. The respondent attorney waived his right to a full evidentiary hearing and wrote, "I admit that I failed to have a written fee agreement with the Complainant and that this conduct violated Rule 1.5(b) of the Rules of Professional Conduct." Rule 1.5(b) of the Rules of Professional Conduct provides, "The scope of the representation, the basis or rate of the fee and expenses for which the client will be responsible, shall be communicated to the client, in writing, before or within a reasonable time after commencing the representation, except when the lawyer will charge a regularly represented client on the same basis or rate." The Statewide Grievance Committee reprimanded the respondent attorney.