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Legal Ethics

  • October 12, 2018

    Charges Over $18M Offshore Tax Scheme Too Late, Atty Says

    A Houston-based attorney has asked a Texas federal judge to dismiss an indictment accusing him of conspiracy and tax evasion for his role in a scheme to repatriate more than $18 million in untaxed earnings from the Isle of Man, arguing the indictment came too late.

  • October 11, 2018

    NJ Atty Disbarred For Gross Neglect, Misuse Of Client Funds

    The New Jersey Supreme Court on Thursday disbarred an attorney, who had been licensed to practice in the state for more than 25 years, on a variety of ethics violations, including gross neglect, misappropriation of funds and failing to communicate with his client.

  • October 11, 2018

    NY Judge Stays Deposition In Madoff Victims' Law Firm Suit

    A New York federal magistrate judge on Thursday granted Chaitman LLP and Becker & Poliakoff LLP's motion for a stay on deposition discovery in a suit by victims of Bernie Madoff against their former attorney, saying it is appropriate given the costs of the deposition and the firms' pending motions to dismiss.

  • October 11, 2018

    Lieff Cabraser Balks At Paying More In State Street Fee Fight

    Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP told a Massachusetts federal judge late Thursday it should not have to continue paying for a multimillion-dollar probe into a $75 million attorney fee awarded following a settlement with State Street Corp., arguing much of the money has been spent looking into conduct tied to its fellow class counsel, Labaton Sucharow LLP.

  • October 11, 2018

    Ex-Associate Sues Chicago Firm Over Fee-Sharing Deal

    A former associate at a small Chicago-area firm has alleged in an Illinois state court suit that the firm's owner violated their fee-sharing agreement by withholding a share of fees from a whistleblower suit against IBM Corp.

  • October 11, 2018

    Pa. Atty Wants Insurer's 'Extortion' Claim Thrown Out

    A Pennsylvania attorney is urging the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas to throw out a case accusing him of pursuing a frivolous lawsuit against his client’s insurance provider, pointing to another judge’s recent statement that the underlying insurance case had merit.

  • October 11, 2018

    Atty DQ'd For Being Client's Golf Buddy During Incident

    An Indiana federal court judge has disqualified an attorney suing a golf club for a man’s slip-and-fall injury, saying the plaintiff’s attorney was one of two people who witnessed the incident.

  • October 11, 2018

    Gates Owes $368K For Mueller Probe Work, Ex-Counsel Says

    The law firm Doar Rieck Kaley & Mack accused Rick Gates, a former member of President Donald Trump's campaign and an ex-business associate of Paul Manafort, in New York federal court on Thursday of skipping out on a $368,525 bill for its work stemming from charges brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

  • October 11, 2018

    'Irredeemable' Atty Disbarred In NJ Over Theft From Client

    New Jersey’s highest court has disbarred an attorney who pocketed $2,500 to represent a client two days after he was suspended from practicing law in the state, with a disciplinary panel finding that his criminal conduct and related factors have left him “irredeemable.”

  • October 11, 2018

    Law360's The Week In Discipline

    An Ohio lawyer caught on tape admitting to "playing games" with an opposing counsel and a Chicago lawyer accused of falsifying emails to a client lead Law360's The Week In Discipline, which compiles sanctions and conduct charges that may have flown under the radar.  

  • October 11, 2018

    Dilworth Paxson Settles Homeowner's Frivolous Suit Claim

    Dilworth Paxson LLP has inked a settlement to end claims that a former attorney pursued knowingly frivolous litigation on behalf of a developer to intimidate a Philadelphia homeowner into dropping her objections to a condominium project next to her house.

  • October 11, 2018

    Fugitive Ex-Fla. Atty Pleads Guilty To $21M Fraud Scheme

    A former Florida attorney who was apprehended in Mexico this summer pled guilty in federal court on Wednesday to a fraud charge related to his role in an investment scheme that duped 770 investors out of more than $21 million.

  • October 10, 2018

    9th Circ. Raises Conflict Concerns In Atty’s Sanction Appeal

    Ninth Circuit judges expressed reluctance Wednesday to hear oral argument from an attorney who lost a contentious trade secrets dispute on a terminating sanction, worrying the lawyer was conflicted because if the panel reversed a lower court's decision not to grant attorneys' fees in the case, she could be pitted against her client, Loop AI Labs Inc.

  • October 10, 2018

    Ex-Willkie, Hunton Atty Gets 5 Years In $7.8M Fraud Case

    A former Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP and Hunton & Williams LLP partner was slammed Wednesday with a five-year prison sentence for conspiring to defraud the firms and MasterCard Inc. out of about $7.8 million for work that was never performed, with a New Jersey federal judge calling her misconduct "a betrayal of trust."

  • October 10, 2018

    Calif. High Court OKs New Judiciary Ethics Rules

    California's Supreme Court updated its judicial ethics code on Wednesday with a series of amendments that, among other changes, prohibit discrimination based on gender and expression, address when and how judges should use social media, and allow judges to accept small gifts from nonattorneys. 

  • October 10, 2018

    Chief Justice Transfers Kavanaugh Complaints To 10th Circ.

    Chief Justice John Roberts said Wednesday that he’s transferring 15 judicial misconduct complaints against recently confirmed Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the Tenth Circuit, after Kavanaugh’s former colleagues on the D.C. Circuit passed the complaints to the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • October 10, 2018

    Pa. Atty, Girlfriend Charged Over Secret Pics Of Drunk Woman

    A Pennsylvania attorney and his girlfriend have been charged with plotting to get a woman drunk and then taking photos and videos of her without her consent after she passed out, the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office said.  

  • October 10, 2018

    Chicago Atty Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Woman In Office

    A suburban Chicago lawyer faces disciplinary charges after allegedly duping a woman into a meeting in his office and then sexually assaulting her after locking the door, according to a complaint made public Wednesday.

  • October 10, 2018

    Ute Tribe Seeks Judge's Recusal In Tribal Water Theft Suit

    The Ute Indian Tribe moved Tuesday to disqualify a Utah federal judge from its suit seeking to confirm a nearly $150,000 tribal court judgment stemming from the alleged theft of tribal water, saying the jurist has consistently shown bias against the tribe and hostility toward the tenets of federal Indian law and policy.

  • October 10, 2018

    Smaller Firms Must Prepare For Cyberattacks, Too

    All law firms are targets for cybercriminals, but while the larger legal players have implemented measures to protect their data, small and midsize firms are less likely to devote the necessary time and resources to doing so, according to a report released Wednesday.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Lipez Reviews 'Last Great Colonial Lawyer'

    Judge Kermit Lipez

    In his new book, "The Last Great Colonial Lawyer: The Life and Legacy of Jeremiah Gridley," Charles McKirdy argues that Gridley — someone I had never heard of — was the last great colonial lawyer, and that his cases illuminate his times. The author largely substantiates both claims, says First Circuit Judge Kermit Lipez.

  • California Opens The Door To International Arbitration

    Sarah Reynolds

    Last month, California passed a law clarifying that lawyers who are not members of the state bar may appear in international arbitrations seated in California without local counsel. As a result, San Francisco and Los Angeles will likely see an increase in international arbitrations — particularly given their access to the Pacific Rim and Latin America, say attorneys with Mayer Brown LLP.

  • Interview Essentials For Attorneys On The Move

    Eileen Decker

    Across the country this fall, recent law school graduates, law firm associates and experienced professionals will interview for positions in private practice and government service. Sharing tips on how to stand out in this high-pressure, hypercompetitive process are Eileen Decker, former U.S. attorney for the Central District of California, and Keith Jacoby, co-chairman of Littler Mendelson PC’s class action practice group.

  • Roundup

    Clerking For Ginsburg

    Clerking For Ginsburg

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined the U.S. Supreme Court 25 years ago and is not planning to retire anytime soon — she has hired clerks through 2020. What's it like to assist Justice Ginsburg? In this series, former clerks reflect on the experience.

  • Kavanaugh On Attorney-Client Privilege — 3 Takeaways

    Louis Ramos

    In what may be one of his final acts on the D.C. Circuit, Judge Brett Kavanaugh has written an opinion that may strengthen attorney-client privilege over communications between a company and its in-house counsel. Attorneys at DLA Piper discuss what this holding could mean for the future of the privilege and offer advice for current in-house counsel.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 3 Surprises

    David Post

    It had never occurred to me that judges don’t always love the way their appellate cousins review their work and tell them — in public — all the things they got wrong. I was frequently struck by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s acute awareness of the delicacy of this relationship, says attorney David Post.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: A Superhero Supreme

    Burden Walker

    As a clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, my job was to mirror my boss’ views and values in everything I did. Years later, I find that I am still striving to live up to the values Justice Ginsburg instilled in me, as both a lawyer and a spouse, says Burden Walker, an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Maryland.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 4 RBG Lessons On Having It All

    Rachel Wainer Apter

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is everything she is cracked up to be​ — f​eminist icon​, brilliant jurist​, fierce dissenter. She is also an incredible boss, mentor and friend.​ ​Her advice has shaped how I have tried to balance building a career and ​raising children, says Rachel Wainer Apter, counsel to the New Jersey attorney general.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: How To Play The Long Game

    Arun Subramanian

    One of us was a clerk when Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg read her Ledbetter dissent from the bench, inviting Congress to act, and the other clerked a few years later, when RBG's prominently displayed copy of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act served as a daily reminder that dissents are not just for show, say Arun Subramanian and Mark Musico of Susman Godfrey LLP.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: In Pursuit Of Precision

    Trevor Morrison

    As clerks for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, we learned early on that, when preparing a memorandum or draft opinion, it was essential to present any opposing argument in its strongest possible light. There is a lesson here for today's public debates, says Trevor Morrison, dean of NYU Law School.