In an unprecedented procedural move, a three-person panel of the Connecticut Statewide Grievance Committee today dismissed complaints against five Connecticut attorneys accused of violating the state’s Rules of Professional Conduct by subscribing to Total Attorneys’ group lawyer Internet-based advertising program. The Connecticut action was part of a campaign by a single Connecticut attorney, who filed complaints last spring against more than five hundred lawyers in 47 states. The complaints were dismissed after the close of Chief Disciplinary Counsel’s evidence, before the Respondents offered a defense to the charges.
To date, no state has found that the Total Attorneys model violates its Rules of Professional Conduct.
Total Attorneys President Kevin Chern, against whom the complainant originally requested criminal charges be filed, voiced appreciation for the consideration the Committee gave the issue. “We are celebrating the Committee’s decision and we are eager to see the text of the full decision,” Chern said.