LEO: Payment of Fees - Retention of Files  LE Op. 292


Payment of Fees - Retention of Files.


March 31, 1978


It is not improper for a patent attorney who has withdrawn or been

discharged from a case to retain the client's case file pending payment

for services if such retention does not prejudice the client and failure

to retain will require the attorney to pursue an out of state suit for

payment of outstanding fees and costs. [See II: DR:2-108(D).]


Committee Opinion March 31, 1978