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NY lawyer censured for conduct in fake “client” consult

USA - November 15 2018 Advising a “client” on how to move “grey money” into the U.S. has resulted in an agreed public censure in September for a New York attorney. The…

Well d’uh: ABA advises lawyers to notify clients of a data breach

USA - October 25 2018 Some answers are so obvious that you are left wondering why the question needed to be asked in the first place. Like “should a client pay a fee it…

Border searches of your e-device: encryption may be of limited value in protecting client data

USA - October 11 2018 Picture this: You’re travelling across U.S. borders, heading home from a client meeting abroad. However, unlike other trips, this time a Customs and…

Riders on the storm: your ethics duties in a disaster

USA - October 4 2018 In the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, which last month dumped up to 35 inches of rain on parts of the Carolinas, Virginia and Maryland, caused 48…

No talking to experts just to cause disqualification, TX ethics opinion says

USA - September 27 2018 You can’t interview potential expert witnesses and share confidential information with them solely to taint them with a conflict that would prevent…

LegalForce v. UpCounsel suit challenges on-line lawyer ratings, processing fees

USA - September 20 2018 Making big news this summer was the shut-down of Avvo Legal Services just a few months after it was acquired by Internet Brands. (A couple of the many…

Contingent litigation funding agreements for law firms impermissible, says NYC Bar

USA - September 13 2018 The New York City Bar Association recently found that common forms of third-party litigation funding for law firms violate New York’s Rule 5.4(a)…

Do you ever have to rat yourself out? It may sometimes help…

USA - September 6 2018 In the movie “Goodfellas,” Robert De Niro famously advises that the two greatest life lessons are “Never rat on your friends, and always keep your…

Witness to an execution: no conflict issue for ass’t state AG, says district court

USA - August 31 2018 In an unusual application of the lawyer-witness rule, a district court recently held that the rule would not prevent an assistant state attorney…

Two-lawyer household - too much information, Ohio Board says

USA - August 23 2018 Confession: I’m a lawyer who’s married to a lawyer. If that’s your situation too, then you know some of the challenges — how life at home falls apart…