Category Archives: Legal Ethics

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…

Risk Management Tip: Keep Invoices Bland

By Jennifer A. Becker Long & Levit For generations California attorneys have understood the attorney-client privilege is an absolute shield against discovery. Case after case has broadly interpreted and reinforced…

Think Twice Before You File That Exhibit

By Joanna L. Storey, Hassard Bonnington Think of that moment when someone else’s mistake becomes your problem. For example, opposing counsel inadvertently attaches a confidential settlement agreement between his client…

Risk Management Tip: Another Good Reason to Break Up With Your Client

By Jennifer Becker, Long & Levit Last month we discussed how a clear termination of the attorney client relationship eliminates questions of fact about applying the statute of limitations, C.C.P….

The Attorney-Client Privilege in Workplace Investigations

By Ryan Stahl, Scherer Smith & Kenny Attorneys are often called upon by employers to facilitate investigations of workplace misconduct. One reason this is done is so the findings and…

Risk Management Tip: Break Up With Your Clients

By Jennifer Becker, Long & Levit Constant business development pressure can lead to behavior at odds with prudent risk management. Many attorneys are reluctant to cut the cord on existing…

Taking the Easy Road Could Get Your Expert Disqualified

By Kendra L. Basner, Hinshaw & Culbertson   To save time and money, experts are often provided mediation briefs to be used as predicates for their testimony. Such briefs are…

Is the Representation Over? Can I Accept A New Client Adverse to a Former Client?

By Dianne Jackson McLean Goldfarb & Lipman   A new client requests your services. You run your conflict check and discover that the requested matter is against a former client….

LinkedIn Endorsements: Potential Legal Ethics Problem?

By Michael Starkey, French Lyon Tang   If you are an active LinkedIn user, there’s a good chance that you have received an endorsement by someone without personal knowledge of…