On Thursday, January 26, 2023, the Office of Disciplinary Counsel filed a Complaint before the Commission on Practice of the Supreme Court of Montana alleging Billings Attorney Gregory P. Johnson of professional misconduct.

The case is styled In the Matter of Gregory P. Johnson, ODC File No. 22-002.

The charges cited 1.15 and 1.18 of the Montana Rules of Professional Conduct.

The Rules of Professional Conduct can be found on the State Bar of Montana’s website.

The Complaint accuses Johnson to have engaged in misconduct by his failure to adequately communicate and competently advance the interests of his client, G.L. during his representation. The Office of Disciplinary Counsel (ODC) has not found clear and convincing evidence to support G.L.’s allegations, however, ODC found issues regarding Johnson’s handling of client funds.

The Complaint reads:

“Respondent tracked his time and costs, which in total were reasonable and comported with the MRPC.”

The Complaint continues:

“Respondent failed to place any of the advanced fees, and costs into his IOLTA/Trust Account. Respondent collected and treated the entirety of the fees and costs as “earned upon receipt.” Respondent’s invoices reflect he had not earned the entirety of G.L.s fees until approximately two months after the representation commenced.”

By reason of the conduct described above, the ODC sought for the Commission to issue a citation attached to a copy of the Complaint to Johnson, for Johnson to file a written answer to the complaint, and that a formal hearing be conducted before an Adjudicatory Panel of the Commission.

The ODC further prayed that the adjudicatory panel make its report and recommendation after a formal hearing, and for the Commission to recommend the nature and extent of appropriate disciplinary action, including an award of costs and expenses incurred in the proceedings.

As of today, Mr. Gregory P. Johnson practices in Billings, Montana. According to Lawyer.com, he attended the University of North Dakota School of Law. He has been admitted to practice in Montana, as well as in North Dakota and California.

A copy of the Complaint can be found here.