THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA
In The Supreme Court
In the Matter of Walter Bilbro, Jr., Respondent.
Opinion No. 25329
Submitted June 12, 2001 - Filed July 23, 2001
Henry B. Richardson, Jr. and Assistant Attorney General Tracey C. Green, both of Columbia, for the Office of Disciplinary Counsel.
Coming B. Gibbs, Jr., of Charleston, for respondent.
The facts as stated in the agreement are as follows. Respondent undertook representation of a client in a workers' compensation matter when he had previously, and was currently, representing the client's employer. Respondent did not fully disclose the conflict to the client nor did he obtain the client's consent to continue representation despite the conflict. Respondent also gave the client advice with respect to the workers' compensation claim without having conducted an adequate factual and legal investigation of the claim.
By his conduct, respondent has violated the following provisions of the Rules of Professional Conduct, Rule 407, SCACR: Rule 1.1 (failing to provide competent representation to a client); Rule 1.3 (failing to act with reasonable diligence in representing a client); Rule 1.4 (failing to properly communicate with a client); and Rule 1.7 (representing a client when representation of the client is directly adverse to another client). By violating the Rules of Professional Conduct, respondent has also violated Rule 7(a)(1) of the Rules for Lawyer Disciplinary Enforcement, Rule 413, SCACR.
We find the facts as set forth in the agreement warrant a public reprimand. Accordingly, we hereby publicly reprimand respondent for his conduct.
TOAL, C.J., MOORE, WALLER, BURNETT and PLEICONES, JJ., concur.