IN THE MATTER OF DANIEL J. FLAHERTY, An Attorney at Law, Respondent.
R. Thompson Interim Chief Disciplinary Counsel
leave of the Commission on Practice granted on October 17,
2019, the Office of Disciplinary Counsel for the State of
Montana ("ODC") hereby charges Daniel J. Flaherty
with professional misconduct as follows:
Daniel J. Flaherty, hereinafter referred to as Respondent,
was admitted to the practice of law in the State of Montana
in 2011, at which time he took the oath required for
admission, wherein he agreed to abide by the Rules of
Professional Conduct, the Disciplinary Rules adopted by the
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.
realleges and incorporates paragraphs 1 through 2 of the
General Allegations as if fully restated in this Count One.
Debra Goetze ("Goetze") is an older female and an
Alaskan native, who had trouble finding employment in Great
Goetze filed numerous discrimination claims with the Equal
Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC"), a
federal agency, and the Montana Human Rights Bureau
Great Falls Area Chamber of Commerce ("the
Chamber") was one of the prospective employers to which
Goetze unsuccessfully applied for job.
or about December 6, 2016, Goetze retained Respondent to
pursue certain discrimination claims on her behalf on a
contingent fee basis.
April 14, 2017, Respondent filed a lawsuit on Goetze's
behalf against the Chamber in Cascade County District Court,
Cause No. ADV-17-0254. The Complaint was amended on September
19, 2017. No other documents were filed in the case until
Respondent filed a Motion to Withdraw on November 2, 2018,
which was granted on November 5, 2018.
During the representation, Goetze sent Respondent numerous
email inquiries about the status of her matter. Respondent
did not respond, nor did he respond to Goetze's requests
for a copy of the Complaint against the Chamber.
September 14, 2018, Goetze went to the courthouse and
obtained a copy of the Complaint and discovered ...