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Reasons for lawyers to be thankful again this year

USA - November 25 2020 With the coronavirus pandemic surging across the US and around the world, my family, along with millions of other Americans, will be sacrificing our…

Business transaction with client violated ethics rules and voided fee agreement, Fifth Circuit holds

USA - November 19 2020 Needing to adjust the basis of your legal fee mid-stream is a fairly common occurrence. When a matter becomes more complicated than you originally…

Lawyer avoids 6th Circuit sanctions; stay-at-home order might have limited his access to record

USA - November 12 2020 The plaintiff’s lawyer in a slip-and-fall case got a pandemic-based pass from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals last week, avoiding sanctions that…

Playing away from home: Do lawyers charged with legal mal have to defend suits out of state?

USA - November 5 2020 Legal malpractice plaintiffs fended off motions to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction in two separate cases, in two different jurisdictions…

COVID-ethics: NY okays withdrawal from representation based on fear of infection

USA - October 29 2020 Can you ethically withdraw from representing a client if you fear contracting COVID-19 as a result of some aspect of the representation? Earlier this…

Zoom-bombing at court hearing for accused Twitter hacker highlights duty of tech competence

USA - August 13 2020 The blogosphere lit up last week with news that a Florida state court bail hearing for an accused Twitter hacker had been disrupted by a pornographic…

Citing “endless risk,” district court DQ’s firm from 401(k) case

USA - August 6 2020 A New York district court judge earlier this month disqualified a firm representing hundreds of 401(k) plan participants based on a conflict of…

Reminder from the bench: professionalism means not comparing opposing party to a buzzard or Porky Pig

USA - July 30 2020 We’ve written a lot over the past six years about the Rules of Professional Conduct, and for good reason. The lawyer conduct rules represent a floor:…

Screen-surveillance not required for remote depo, SDNY says, but sets other limits

USA - July 16 2020 If you’re a litigator, you may have already experienced the brave new world of remote videoconference depositions. If you haven’t yet you will, and…

It’s five o’clock somewhere: Lawyers working remotely from other jurisdictions during COVID-19

USA - July 9 2020 Whether to flee from areas experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks, or simply to take advantage of the opportunity to work far away from the office, lawyers…