Category Archives: Legal Malpractice

Risk Management: Duties Of Partners In A Dissolving Firm

John Sullivan, Long & Levit Nearly ten years after international law firm Heller Ehrman closed its doors, the California Supreme Court addressed whether the dissolved firm had any interest in…

Risk Management Tip: Understanding Duties to Third Parties, Part 2

An attorney’s primary duty to a client is tempered by the overriding duty in all settings to be truthful. In the transactional setting there is no protection for attorneys from…

Risk Management Tip: Understanding Duties to Third Parties, Part 1

The primary duty to a non-client is to be truthful. This month we examine this duty in litigation. Generally, attorneys owe no duty to a non-client. In Goodman v. Kennedy…

Risk Management Tip: Ethical Walls Can Protect Against Disqualifying Conflicts

Conflicts of interest might disqualify an entire law firm from representing clients who are adverse to each other in unrelated matters. Proposed amendments to the California Rules of Professional Conduct…

Legal Malpractice Corner: Risk Management Tip – SEC Reporting Rules Preempts California’s Attorney-Client Privilege

Over the past three months this column has reviewed attorney Sanford Walder’s trial victory over his former employer, Bio-Rad. Among other attorney-client privilege issues, the district court examined whether California…