Category Archives: Legal Ethics

Legal Ethics Corner: Two’s a Company, Three Might Get You Disqualified: The Ethics of Joint Representation

By Joanna L. Storey, Hassard Bonnington Amy retains Attorney to prosecute a personal injury action for an arm fracture she sustained in an automobile accident. Amy asks Attorney to meet…

Risk Management Tip: Beware of Broad Subject Matter Waivers of the Attorney-Client Privilege

By Jennifer Becker Long & Levit We have been examining the role attorney-client privileged information played in Sanford Wadler’s trial victory over his former employer, Bio-Rad. Bio-Rad engaged in actions…

Compensation From One Other Than Your Client, The Bank of Mom and Dad and Others, Beware

By David Wolf Law Office of David A. Wolf The California Rules of Professional Conduct (CRPC) generally prohibit representation of adverse interests without a conflict waiver. Subparagraph (F) of CRPC…

Risk Management Tip: Waivers of Attorney-Client Privilege Cannot be Undone

By Jennifer Becker Last month, this column examined Sanford Walder’s trial victory over his former employer, Bio-Rad. The district court allowed Wadler to offensively employ material Bio-Rad claimed was protected…

Read That (Privileged) Email – and Weep!

By Robert Cross Have you ever hit “send” on a sensitive email before realizing that your handy, autofill tool inserted the address of the wrong recipient? Or been the unintended…

Risk Management Tip: Attorney-Client Privilege Depends on the Forum

By Jennifer Becker, Long & Levit Prior to the verdict in Wadler v. Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc., et al (U.S.D.C. No. CA No. 15-cv-02356-JCS), a wrongful termination case, Bio-Rad’s public relations…

The Digital Milieu: A Lawyer’s Duty of Competence and Protection

By John Mounier, Elder Protection Attorneys Mickey Haller sat in the back seat of his Lincoln Town Car on his way to the office of his murdered criminal defense attorney…

Risk Management Tip: Retainer Agreements Manage Client Expectations

By Jennifer A. Becker Long & Levit In the competition to land a case it is tempting to overstate the value of a claim, or understate the cost of litigation,…

The Ethics of Facebook Friending

By Carl W. Chamberlin   Facebook can be a gold mine of information about litigants and witnesses. A personal injury plaintiff alleging debilitating leg injuries may post photos of her…

Court Reporting Ethics Panel Takes On Controversial Topics

By Ana Fatima Costa, RPR, CSR (Ret.) During the recent CLE program “Can You Say That? Legal Ethics of Working with Court Reporters,” put on by the Paralegal Section, these…