As lawyers, we spend our days helping people sort through problems. Some of us represent clients charged with misconduct or illegal action, while others perform transactional work, seeking to help clients put their deals together in a way so as to avoid trouble. At times, lawyers find themselves being scrutinized; after all, we are not infallible.
In “The Top Ten: A Summary of Recent Professional Liability Cases,” I have compiled a list of the top ten ways in which lawyers get themselves disciplined, with the help of Charles M. Kidd and Afzal Karim.
This updated version includes cases from 2014 and 2015, as well as several revised sections.
One purpose of this work is to provoke lawyers to re-examine their practices and, where problems exist, formulate a plan for preventing or correcting some of the problems described in “The Top Ten.” Download the whitepaper to learn more about the following:
- Duties Owed to Opposing or Third Parties
- Criminal Conduct
- Conflicts of Interest
- Attorney Fees
- Solicitation of Business
- Client Confidences & Privilege
- Misconduct Involving Dishonesty
- Trust Accounts
- Neglect & Lack of Communication
While this list identifies our categorization of the top ten ways in which lawyers get themselves sanctioned, these are not the only ways. New and different forms of misconduct appear regularly.