IN THE MATTER OF LINDA HARRIS, An Attorney at Law, Respondent.
R. Thompson Interim Chief Disciplinary Counsel Office of
leave of the Commission on Practice granted on October 17,
2019, the Office of Disciplinary Counsel for the State of
Montana ("ODC") hereby files its complaint charging
Linda L. Harris with professional misconduct as follows:
Allegations and Background
Linda Harris, hereinafter referred to as Respondent, was
admitted to the practice of law in the State of Montana in
1978, at which time she took the oath required for admission,
wherein she agreed to abide by the Rules of Professional
Conduct, the Disciplinary Rules adopted by the Montana
Supreme Court, and the highest standards of honesty, justice
and morality, including, but not limited to, those outlined
in parts 3 and 4 of Chapter 61, Title 37, Montana Code
Montana Supreme Court has approved and adopted the Montana
Rules of Professional Conduct ("MRPC"), governing
the ethical conduct of attorneys licensed to practice in the
State of Montana, which Rules were in effect at all times
mentioned in this Complaint.
all times relevant, Respondent practiced law as a sole
practitioner at her firm Harris Law Firm, P.C. at Billings,
realleges and incorporates paragraphs 1 through 3 of the
General Allegations as if fully restated in this Count One.
Cook ("Cook") is a resident of Billing, Montana. In
2017, Cook hired Respondent to handle her divorce from
Cook's then-husband, Robert Pumphrey
November 1, 2017, Respondent filed a Petition for Dissolution
of Marriage in Yellowstone County District Court, Cause No.
all times pertinent hereto, attorney Bard Middleton
Middleton served Respondent with discovery requests on
November 13, 2017. On December 17, 2017, Middleton sent
Respondent a letter reminding her that the responses were
due. On March 15, 2018, Middleton filed a motion to compel.
Respondent did not provide discovery responses until after
Middleton's motion was filed.
Mediation was held on May 3, 2018, and the case settled.
Judge Michael G. Moses issued a Final Decree of Dissolution,