Breitenecker v. Moran
An attorney who allegedly fails to provide a prompt accounting of funds or notification prior to the release of escrowed funds can violate Rule 1.15(b) of the Rules of Professional Conduct. A local grievance panel found probable cause that the respondent attorney violated Rule 1.15(b) of the Rules of Professional Conduct, because she failed to provide a prompt accounting of funds or notification prior to the release of escrowed funds. The respondent, Cheryl Moran of Southington, was admitted to the bar of the State of Connecticut in 2004 and has no prior history of discipline. The respondent attorney, who was represented by Attorney Kimberly Knox, waived her right to a full evidentiary hearing and wrote, "I acknowledge that, while I deny some or all of the material facts, there is sufficient evidence to prove by clear and convincing evidence such material facts to establish that my conduct violated Rules 1.15 and 8.4(4) of the Rules of Professional Conduct." Rule 1.15(b) provides, "A lawyer shall hold property of clients or third persons that is in a lawyer's possession in connection with a representation separate from the lawyer's own property." The Statewide Grievance Committee reprimanded the respondent attorney and ordered her to take a continuing legal education course in trust account management.