Category Archives: Legal Ethics

Does the Duty of Confidentiality Prevent an Attorney from Disclosing a Former Client’s Confidences in a Fee Collection Action?

By Michael C. Starkey, Adler Law Firm Occasionally an attorney must sue a former client to collect outstanding fees and costs. Often the evidence critical to the attorney’s claim includes…

Legal Ethics Community Will Greatly Miss Paul Vapnek

Legal Ethics Committee, The Bar Association of San Francisco The Bar Association of San Francisco’s Legal Ethics Committee sends our heartfelt sympathies to the friends and family of Paul Vapnek,…

Legal Ethics Corner: California Court of Appeal Upholds “In-Firm” Privilege

Drew Dilworth, Cooper White & Cooper California recently joined a growing list of states that have issued published opinions recognizing an in-firm privilege. See, e.g., Moore v. Grau, 2014 N.H….

New Civility Guidelines for Professional Conduct

Albert J. Boro, Jr., Boro Law Firm In June 2014, the federal courts of the Northern District of California adopted “Guidelines for Professional Conduct,” also called “Civility Guidelines.” The Guidelines…

Legal Ethics Hotline: Get Help and/or Give Help

One highly valued offering of The Bar Association of San Francisco is its Legal Ethics Committee Hotline. The hotline is staffed by volunteers from the Legal Ethics Committee, many of…

Legal Ethics: Some Thoughts On Issues Raised, But Not Resolved, By Cassel v. Superior Court

By Kevin Sullivan, Griffin & Sullivan The Supreme Court in Cassel v. Superior Court (2011) 51 Cal.4th 113, 244 P.3d 1080, held that evidence of what occurred during or in…

Legal Ethics Corner: Revisiting the “No Contact” Rule

Dianne Jackson McLean, Goldfarb & Lipman Attorneys are generally aware that they are prohibited from directly or indirectly contacting an opposing party that is represented by counsel without that counsel’s…

Legal Ethics Corner: Your Client Has Dementia. Now What?

Andrew Dimitriou, Dimitriou & Associates Can an attorney call adult protective services (APS) when the attorney’s client has dementia and needs protection, but has not expressly authorized the APS call?…

Legal Ethics Corner: Legal Malpractice Statute of Limitations Does Not Apply to Claims Based on Misappropriation of Client Funds

Sarah Banola, Cooper White & Cooper In Lee v. Hanley, 174 Cal.Rptr.3d 489 (2014), the Court of Appeal recently held that the legal malpractice statute of limitations does not necessarily bar a former client’s…

Legal Ethics Corner: Law Practice in the Cloud — Just Be Careful

The rent’s too high, we don’t have room for storage anymore, everyone is going paperless. Let’s move our practice into the cloud. Have you heard of this before? Perhaps you are already using the cloud….