Fishman v. Temkin
The Statewide Grievance Committee can reprimand an attorney who allegedly is not competent, in violation of Rule 1.1 of the Rules of Professional Conduct, in connection with the execution of a guaranty contract. A local grievance panel found probable cause that the respondent attorney violated Rule 1.1 of the Rules of Professional Conduct, in connection with the execution of a guaranty contract. The respondent attorney, Bruce Temkin of Hartford, was admitted to the bar of the State of Connecticut in 1977 and has no record of prior discipline. Attorney David Atkins represented the respondent. The respondent waived his right to an evidentiary hearing and wrote, "Although I deny some or all of the material facts and legal conclusions alleged in the Complaint, I acknowledge there is sufficient evidence for a Reviewing Committee to find, by clear and convincing evidence, the material facts constituting a violation of Rule 1.1." Rule 1.1 provides, "Competent representation requires the legal knowledge, skill, thoroughness and preparation reasonably necessary for the representation." The Statewide Grievance Committee reprimanded the respondent attorney.