An attorney who violates the state’s official Codes, Rules and Regulations (NYCRR) by failing to obtain a written retainer agreement or letter of engagement from a client in a nonmatrimonial case can still recover fees, an appeals court held last week in a ruling of first impression.

An unanimous panel of the Appellate Division, 2nd Department, said its interpretation of the rule, 22 NYCRR 1215.1, would not render it “impotent and unenforceable,” as the appellant in Seth Rubenstein, P.C. v. Ganea, 2005-07813, had alleged.

This content has been archived. It is available through our partners, LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law.

To view this content, please continue to their sites.

Not a Lexis Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Not a Bloomberg Law Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Why am I seeing this?

LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law are third party online distributors of the broad collection of current and archived versions of ALM's legal news publications. LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law customers are able to access and use ALM's content, including content from the National Law Journal, The American Lawyer, Legaltech News, The New York Law Journal, and Corporate Counsel, as well as other sources of legal information.

For questions call 1-877-256-2472 or contact us at [email protected]