Category Archives: Lawyer professionalism

Ethical issues and requirements for lawyers in compensating nonlawyer employees

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert which will discuss the ethical considerations for lawyers when compensating non-lawyer employees.  State Bar disciplinary rules, including Florida Bar Rule 4-5.4(a), prohibit lawyers from sharing legal fees with nonlawyers.  The Comment to … Continue reading

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Florida Bar will file petition with Florida Supreme Court with revisions to Rule 4-1.8(c) to prohibit soliciting any gifts from client to lawyer

Hello and welcome to this corrected Ethics Alert which will discuss the proposed revision to Florida Bar Rule 4-1.8(c), which would prohibit a lawyer from soliciting any gift from a client.  The BOG approved the rule amendments and the Bar … Continue reading

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Zealous representation or lawyer misconduct? Where does the Florida Supreme Court draw the line?

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert will discuss the lawyer’s duty to competently and zealously represent a client and the Florida Supreme Court decisions addressing when a lawyer’s conduct may cross the line and constitute misconduct and violate … Continue reading

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ABA issues formal ethics opinion addressing lawyer’s duties upon receipt of subpoena or other process for client confidential documents

Hello and welcome to this Ethics Alert blog which will discuss the recent American Bar Association Formal Opinion 473, which provides guidance to lawyers regarding ethical duties and obligations under the Model Rules upon receipt of a subpoena or other … Continue reading

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Florida Supreme Court rejects referee’s recommendation of public reprimand and suspends lawyer for 10 days for failing to appear at hearing

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert which will discuss the recent Florida Supreme Court disciplinary opinion which rejected a referee’s recommendation of a public reprimand and suspended a lawyer for 10 days for failing to appear at a … Continue reading

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Illinois Disciplinary Board recommends one year suspension for partner who falsified and submitted $69,800.00 in client expense reimbursement claims

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert which will discuss the recent Illinois Disciplinary Board Report which recommended a one year suspension for a law firm partner who falsified and submitted $69,800.00 in client expense reimbursement claims. The case … Continue reading

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Federal District judge finds that Florida Bar rules prohibiting past results as applied by the Bar violate First Amendment and enjoins enforcement

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert which will discuss the recent (12/8/14) Federal Southern District Judge’s opinion which granted summary judgment against The Florida Bar and enjoined the Bar from enforcing its guidelines regarding past results in attorney … Continue reading

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