In this case, attorney Gregory Yates intended to bully an infirmed man, with a considerable amount of wealth, into a settlement to avoid social embarrassment. In Patricia Nazario's case
This case is the epitome of how Mr. Yates has consistently failed to act negligently and incompetently in fulfilling his professional obligations as legal counsel. According to the California Rules of Professional Conduct, Rule 3-110:
- A member shall not intentionally, recklessly, or repeatedly fail to perform legal services with competence.
- For purposes of this rule, “competence” in any legal service shall mean to apply:
2) learning and skill
3) mental, emotional, and physical ability reasonably necessary for the
performance of such service.
- If a member does not have sufficient learning and skill when the legal service is
undertaken, the member may nonetheless perform such services competently by
1) associating with or, where appropriate, professionally consulting another
lawyer reasonably believed to be competent, or
2) by acquiring sufficient learning and skill before performance is required.
Attorney Gregory Yates has built his career taking advantage of the infirm, uneducated, and uninformed. He consistently has made false claims about having superb knowledge about personal injury law has a history of violating Rule 3-110: Willfully failing to act competently:
1) Failure to Properly Prepare, Research and Investigate Case:
Mr. Yates agreed to represent my interests completely and free from negligence, or other fault and I agreed to pay, from my settlement, reasonable attorneys’ fees, costs and expenses. In violation of State Bar Rules of Professional Conduct (RPC) Rule 3-110, Mr. Yates and his employee attorney, Ms. Bavilski breached our contract. Mr. Yates performed below the standard of care required of other such professionals in the community. He was maliciously negligent, careless, and reckless.
Mr. Yates did not deliver services, in a timely manner, as he promised. His talk of big settlements and LAPD personnel files lead me to imagine a certain level of competence, diligence, and mental, emotional and physical commitment necessary to execute the type of services my case needed and deserved. For example, in responding to the form interrogatories, I answered in ways that clearly pronounced my unwavering confidence in my attorney: