On Wednesday, February 1, 2023, the Office of the Disciplinary Counsel for the State of Montana filed Disciplinary charges against attorney Gregory M. Worcester before the Commission on Practice of the Supreme Court of the State of Montana.

The case is entitled “In the matter of  Gregory M. Worcester” and was brought by the Office of the Disciplinary Counsel for the State of Montana with case no. 21-207 and 22-177.

The charges cited Montana Rules of Professional Conduct 1.1, 1.3, 1.4, 3.2, 3.4(d), 1.16, and 8.4(d).

The ODC received grievances against the respondent. In one of the counts of allegations,  the respondent failed to respond to discovery, stating that his client provided incomplete information. However, no written communications to the client were found advising the latter of the deficiencies and informing the same that sanctions are possible. Moreover, the respondent failed to provide any Notice to his client that if the latter won’t cooperate, he will be forced to withdraw his representation. The respondent didn’t also contact the opposing counsel for any extension therein.

The filing states:

“Respondent did not contact opposing counsel to request an extension, nor did he provide the alleged incomplete information to them either, citing it, “didn’t even occur” to him. Defendant filed a Motion to Compel and was awarded attorney’s fees in the amount of $2,511.33.

Defendant then filed motions for default and summary judgment. Respondent failed to respond to either motion and the Court granted partial summary and default judgments for the Defendant.”

In several accounts, the respondent had also failed to attend the hearings of her clients. He had a problem with communicating and informing the same about his absences which caused delays for the clients and the court.

The filing continues:

“At October 28, 2022, hearing, Respondent failed to appear, leaving his client unrepresented for the hearing on the final parenting plan and contempt motion. The District Court entered an Order to Show Cause on November 3, 2022, specifically citing the instant hearing as Respondent’s second failure to appear Complaint throughout the proceedings, and further, set a December 30 hearing for why Respondent should not be held in Contempt.”

The filing further states:

“On March 2, 2022, the mother appeared, but Respondent failed to do so. The mother indicated she had not spoken with Respondent and was unaware of the requirements and deadlines in the pre-trial Order (.e.g. to participate in mediation, complete parenting classes, etc.). The Court ordered an Interim Parenting Plan and re-set the pre-trial conference for July 28, 2022, and a Final Parenting Plan hearing for August 12, 2022. 23. Respondent failed to appear at the July 28 hearing, though his client, the opposing party, and his attorney, were present. The Court, opposing counsel, and the mother attempted to reach Respondent but were unsuccessful.”

With all of these facts and allegations, the Office of the Disciplinary Counsel prays that a citation be issued to the respondent, attached with a copy of the complaint, and requires the latter to file a response to the Complaint within 21 days after receipt. Furthermore, the Office of the Disciplinary Counsel prays that a formal hearing be conducted before an Adjudicatory Panel of the Commission.

As of today, Mr. Worcested is listed as an attorney at Aspen Law PLLC and Rural Incubator Project for Lawyers Fellow at Montana Legal Services Association. His info can be found on Linkedin. Gregory attended the University of Montana School of Law, graduating in 2017. He practices in Helena, Montana. He is licensed in Montana.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.