My name is ***** ***** I'd be happy to answer your questions today.Rule 3-500
of the Rules of Professional Conduct requires a member of the bar to keep clients reasonably informed about what's going on in their case and any significant developments. If they're making decisions that affect the case without notifying the client, that could be a violation.Rule 3-501
requires the attorney to convey written settlement offers. Oral offers should also be communicated if they're significant (look at the notes to the rule).
Advising a client to do something that's not in their best interests could also be a violation of the duty to act with competence. Rule 3-110
Those are the rules that most might apply to what you've said. The lawyer does have authority to make decisions regarding the strategy of litigation, because that's something lawyers know and most clients don't. But at the end of the day, it's up to the client to decide whether or not to accept an offer. If the attorney won't allow the client to accept, the client can ask the attorney to withdraw from the case.
An attorney also has the ability to report violations of the Rules to the Bar Association.http://www.calbar.ca.gov/Attorneys/LawyerRegulation/FilingaComplaint.aspx
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