Category Archives: Legal Ethics

Potential Conflicts to Keep in Mind When Insurers Agree to Defend Your Client

By Peter Roldan, Emergent LLP One of the main reasons policyholders purchase liability insurance is to ensure that they have an insurer-funded defense in the event of a potentially covered…

Hand Rule on Email Security

By Shawn McCall, Golden Gate University School of Law All California lawyers owe a duty of competence and confidentiality to their clients. California Rules of Professional Conduct (“CRPC”), Rules 3-110…

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,…