Category Archives: Legal Ethics

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…

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…

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…

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…

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. &…

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…

Legal Ethics Corner: Ethical Issues in Compensating Contract Attorneys

By Ryan Stahl, Scherer Smith & Kenny The use of contract attorneys is commonplace in the practice of law today. Large law firms and solo practitioners utilize contract attorneys to…

Attorney-Client Billing Statements Are Protected By Attorney-Client Privilege Regardless of Whether They Contain Legal Opinions or Advice

Sarah Banola, Cooper, White & Cooper As a matter of first impression, the Court of Appeal recently held in County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors v. Superior Court of…

May a California lawyer ethically represent a client in respect to a medical marijuana enterprise in California?

BASF Legal Ethics Committee Issues Legal Ethics Opinion Recognizing the conundrum that conflicting state and federal laws create in California in light of the Compassionate Use Act, The Bar Association…

Legal Ethics Corner: Attorneys Serving as Investigators Beware

David Wolf Attorneys investigating matters in connection with the rendering of legal services to their clients is nothing new. California Code of Civil Procedure section 128.7 requires considerable due diligence…