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Effective calendaring and email systems prevent claims Whoops – Legal Malpractice Prevention

Computers and technology have changed every aspect of the modern law practice. Email, for instance, has completely transformed the practice of law. Electronic communication is instantaneous, continuous, and ubiquitous. It is...more

Beware of informal relationships and conflicts

Conflicts of interest can be complicated and risky. They can be impediments to taking on new business and can also lead to high verdicts in legal malpractice cases. Virtually all attorneys know to run conflict checks for new...more

A few words of caution for partners and associates

Most attorneys are aware that they have duties to act ethically in the practice of law. Sometimes, however, it is difficult to determine where that obligation extends beyond the attorney's own conduct. For partners, some...more

Ethics Opinion Prevents Double Dipping in a Contingency Fee Arrangement

Attorneys cannot double dip on contingency fees to settle third party liens or claims. In Ethics Opinion RO-2015-01, the Disciplinary Commission of the Alabama State Bar addressed whether or not a lawyer representing a...more

Trees Grow Back -- Paper Your File

Papering your file (or PDFing an electronic file) is an important, if underappreciated, method to protect both you and your clients. Regular memos to a file will help cut down time necessary to analyze a new development in...more

Agent and Broker PL Claims Trends [Video]

From the 2015 PLUS Conference session “PLI for Agents and Brokers: Increasingly Risky?,” Peter Biging (Goldberg Segalla LLP) and Lisa Doherty (Business Risk Partners) discuss the evolving claims environment, including the...more

CA Supreme Court Expands Scope of Lawyers’ Statute of Limitations to Non-Legal Malpractice Claims – Confusion Predicted for Law...

In Lee v. Hanley (S220775 – Filed 8/20/2015), the California Supreme Court clarified the meaning of Code of Civil Procedure section 340.6 by holding that its limitations period applies to claims against attorneys “whose...more

ABA Hijinks – Defeat the Resolution Supporting Unlimited Punitive Damages

Most of us are members of the American Bar Association. Some of us are more active than others. At one extreme, Bexis has been in what the ABA calls “leadership,” as editor of the Mass Torts Newsletter, for some 15 years. ...more

ABA Working Group on NAD Process: Make It Even Better

An American Bar Association working group last week issued its report reviewing and suggesting improvements to the advertising industry's self-regulatory adjudication system. The 52-page report, "Self-Regulation of...more

Ethical Issues Implicated by Lawyers’ Use of Third-Party Cloud Services

Law firms increasingly turn to “cloud services” for processing and storing confidential client information because of their greater flexibility and efficiency. Use of “the cloud,” however, outsources the administration,...more

Illinois Supreme Court Agrees to Decide Fiduciary Duty Claim Against Former Counsel

In a few weeks’ time over at Appellate Strategist’s sister blog, the Illinois Supreme Court Review, we’ll address the question of just how rare it is to get an unpublished decision – what we in Illinois call a Rule 23 order –...more

The Test for Uncivil Conduct in Litigation

The Divisional Court released its reasons respecting the Law Society of Upper Canada’s disciplinary proceeding against Joseph Groia on February 2, 2015. The Divisional Court upheld the Law Society Hearing Panel and Appeal...more

Supreme Court Confirms That Trustees Are Liable Only For Loss Caused Due To Breach

Mark Redler & Co Solicitors (Mark Redler) acted for both the claimant bank, AIB Group (UK) Plc (AIB), and the borrowers on a GBP 3.3 million loan. In return for the loan, AIB was supposed to secure a first legal charge over...more

Illinois Supreme Court Debates Applicability of Innocent Insured Doctrine

Does the innocent insured doctrine – which provides that one of multiple insureds doesn’t necessarily lose coverage if he or she wasn’t involved in a breach – apply to renewal applications? That’s the question the Illinois...more

No Attorney Disbarment In NJ for Misappropriation of Law Firm Funds

As we are taught in law school, and as some members of the public find hard to believe, attorneys are held to the highest ethical standards. One of the surest ways for an attorney to secure his or her disbarment is to...more

Illinois Supreme Court Holds Wrongful Death Attorney Owes Duty to Decedent's Beneficiaries

A unanimous Illinois Supreme Court added a new complication for plaintiffs’ counsel handling wrongful death cases late last week, unanimously holding in In re Estate of Perry C. Powell that an attorney representing the...more

Are Senior Trial Attorneys Passing the Baton?

Every profession is facing the impact of baby boomers retiring – and trial lawyers are certainly no exception. At the PLUS Conference in April 2014, I was delighted to be part of a panel discussing a variety of topics...more

Only in DC: Ethics Rule Permits Non-lawyers to Own Law Firms [Video]

Mar. 19, 2014 (Mimesis Law) -- Mike McDevitt, CEO for Tandem Legal Group, is not a lawyer, but thanks to an obscure rule in Washington, D.C.'s code of ethics for lawyers he is able to have an ownership interest in the law...more

What Happens In Ecuador Does Not Stay In Ecuador

In last week’s decision in Chevron v. Donziger, the court enjoined the enforcement of a $9.5 billion Ecuadorian judgment against Chevron Corp. for environmental pollution, alleged to have been caused by its predecessor,...more

Accountant And Attorney Liability Newsbrief - Winter 2014

In This Issue: - Offshore Disclosure Programs—A Trap for CPAs? - Superior Court Imposes Sanctions for Withholding Documents in Discovery - Expert Witness Faces Personal Liability for Professional Malpractice - U.S....more

Web Law Predictions for 2014

It’s getting down to the final few weeks of December. As some Slaw readers might remember, my year-end focus is on two activities: 1) the Clawbies, and 2) forecasting trends and making predictions about where the Internet is...more

Accountant And Attorney Liability Newsbrief - Fall 2013

In This issue: - First Circuit Rejects Scapegoating and Diversionary Tactics by Plaintiff’s Counsel - Doing Wellness Right - Federal Judge Rules Law Firm Not Liable Under Chapter 93A - In Massachusetts, Employers...more

Why Should an Investor or Business Conduct an Asset Search

If used properly and if conducted by a reputable asset search company, asset searches can be used as a valuable pre-investment tool for an investor, partnership, joint venture or other business entity before entering into a...more

Consultant: Legal Ethics Rulemaking Outpaced By Technology  [Video]

Sept. 26 (Bloomberg Law) -- Adrian Dayton, law firm consultant and columnist for National Law Journal, talks with Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia about three recent legal ethics opinions on lawyers and law firms using LinkedIn....more

Feathers start to fly over upcoming book about why lawyers suck

Today has been an interesting day for the “Why Lawyers Suck and What You Can Do About It” book project. First thing this morning I got a phone call from someone passionately supportive of this project and everything it...more

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