LEO: Retention of Files  LE Op. 323


Retention of Files.


May 15, 1979


Where a firm's associate resigns his position to form his own practice

and continues to represent a former firm client, it is improper for the

firm to withhold the client's files in an attempt to collect a past fee.

[See II: DR:2-108(A)(3) and (D).]


Committee Opinion May 15, 1979