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5 Ways To Avoid The Hidden Ethical Dangers Of Client Gifts

Law360, New York (February 23, 2015, 5:14 PM EST) -- Not all lawyers are lucky enough to have clients like Dr. Dre, who recently shelled out massive holiday cash bonuses to his longtime boutique counsel. But most attorneys with long-standing client relationships will receive a gift at some point, prompting the ethical question: How much is too much? 

The ethical rules of accepting client gifts are largely discretionary and place the onus on attorneys to draw the distinction between an appropriate “token” offering and a more substantial gift that could be a recipe for headaches — or even disciplinary action — down the road.

“Attorneys too often forget that they are...

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