Category Archives: Lawyer Ethics

Pennsylvania lawyer disbarred after secretly referring his law firm’s clients to outside lawyers

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert, which will discuss the recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court Order disbarring a lawyer after his conviction for defrauding his law firm out of $3.4 million by secretly referring its personal injury clients to … Continue reading

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ABA Formal Ethics Opinion 492 addresses lawyer’s obligations to prospective clients after obtaining “significantly harmful” information

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert, which will discuss the recent American Bar Association (ABA) Formal Ethics Opinion 492, which addresses the obligations of lawyers to prospective clients, including confidentiality, and conflicts of interest, including potential disqualifying conflicts … Continue reading

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New Jersey lawyer suspended for, inter alia, revealing confidential information in review of former client’s business

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert, which will discuss recent New Jersey Supreme Court opinion which imposed a one year suspension on a lawyer for, inter alia, providing a negative public review of a client’s business on Yelp and … Continue reading

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ABA Formal Opinion 491 discusses a lawyer’s obligation to avoid counseling or assisting a client in a crime or fraud

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert, which will discuss recent ABA  Formal Opinion 491 (issued 4/29/20), which discusses and provides guidance regarding a lawyer’s obligation to avoid counseling or assisting in crime or fraud in non-litigation settings.  The … Continue reading

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Florida Bar Board of Governors reverses advertising opinion and finds that solicitation rules apply to targeted social media

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert, which will discuss the recent Florida Bar Board of Governors (BOG)  reversal of a Florida Bar advertising committee opinion that found that targeted social media advertisements were not subject to the solicitation … Continue reading

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Florida Bar Ethics Committee votes to publish proposed opinion providing guidance in responding to negative online reviews

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert, which will discuss the recent vote by the Florida Bar’s Professional Ethics Committee (PEC) to publish a proposed ethics advisory opinion providing guidance to lawyers in responding to negative online reviews and … Continue reading

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Proposed North Carolina Bar ethics opinion states that lawyers may only make “restrained” responses to negative online reviews

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert which will discuss recent proposed North Carolina Bar 2020 Formal Ethics Opinion 1, which states that lawyers are prohibited from revealing confidential information in response to a negative online post; however, the … Continue reading

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Ohio lawyer held in contempt and ordered to promise not to engage in disruptive conduct 25 times in “legible” handwriting

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert which will discuss the recent contempt order by an Ohio judge for a lawyer’s disruptive conduct which fined the lawyer $500.00 and required him to promise 25 times in “legible” handwriting not … Continue reading

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Washington D.C. Bar considers relaxing Bar Rules related to non-lawyer law firm ownership and fee splitting

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert which will discuss a Washington D.C. Bar committee press release announcing a review regarding the potential relaxing of that jurisdiction’s non-lawyer law firm ownership rules, including potential fee sharing/splitting.  The January 23, … Continue reading

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