Category Archives: Legal Ethics

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Why It’s a Good Idea to Keep Track of Your Time in Contingency Fee Cases

William Balin, Balin & Kotler Many contingency fee attorneys balk at keeping track of their time on each case. In fact, there is no rule that requires contingency fee attorneys…

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Electronically Stored Information and the Duty of Competence

Ryan Stahl, Scherer Smith & Kenny California Rule of Professional Conduct 3-110 (“Rule 3-110”) states that “[a] member shall not intentionally, recklessly, or repeatedly fail to perform legal services with…

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Your Ethics Are Implicated by Mediation Confidentiality

Rachel Ehrlich, Ehrlich Mediation & Dispute Resolution Services In 2014, this Legal Ethics Corner column provided readers with “Some Thoughts On Issues Raised, But Not Resolved, by Cassel v. Superior…

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Legal Ethics Corner: How Much Do You Need to Know About Your Client’s Insurance Coverage?

Peter Roldan, Law Offices of Peter Roldan It’s no secret that insurance coverage is often a key issue in litigation, as insurance is used to pay defense costs, fund settlements,…

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Ethics Applicable To Court Appointed Attorney: Court Pressure vs. Client Privacy

John Mounier Jr., Elder Protection Attorneys The court appoints you to represent an individual facing charges which, if proven, could lead to loss of liberty and property. You meet confidentially…

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Keep Your Client in Mind, the Ethics Will Follow

Chris O’Connell, Law Office of Christopher O’Connell Your phone rings. Being a solo or small firm lawyer, you answer it yourself. The caller, after an exchange of pleasantries, says, “My…

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Got Ethics? Join the Committee in 2016 to Stay Active in the Legal Community

David Wolf, Law Office of David A. Wolf In addition to holding its 4th Tuesday monthly meetings at BASF’s offices and staffing the BASF Legal Ethics Hotline, the active members…

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Attorney v. Client – Walking the Ethics Tightrope

Kendra L. Basner, Hinshaw & Culbertson As a legal ethics and risk management advisor, I am often asked whether litigation between an attorney and client is permitted during engagement on…

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Beware of CLE Requirements

William Balin, Balin & Kotler All active California lawyers must complete 25 hours of continuing legal education (CLE) every three years, or risk being placed on inactive status. (Bus. &…

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Gifts from Clients? Is it OK? Maybe

Dianne Jackson McLean, Goldfarb & Lipman Gifts are generally given as an act of kindness, as a token of appreciation based on relationships. As attorneys, many of us have established…