Legal Ethics

  • April 20, 2018

    Alston & Bird Settles $35M Ga. Malpractice Suit

    A former confidant and employee of a widowed Coca-Cola executive’s wife and Atlanta-based Alston & Bird LLP have agreed to end that woman's $35 million Georgia state malpractice suit in a settlement, the plaintiff’s lawyer said Friday.

  • April 20, 2018

    NY Restaurant Clan Fight Sparks Gift Tax Malpractice Suit

    New York restaurateur Robert Malta has accused his former estate planning lawyers of “egregious” malpractice by failing to warn him about a multimillion dollar tax bill born of a property transfer and estate planning deal, according to a recent New York state court filing.

  • April 20, 2018

    Lawyers Spar Over Bid To DQ Atty In Corruption Case

    An attorney for an indicted former Massachusetts senator slammed a move by federal prosecutors to disqualify his co-counsel or examine his files related to defending the politician, telling a federal judge Friday what the government is asking for is unprecedented.

  • April 20, 2018

    Mass. Atty Appeals Suspension, Gets 6 More Months

    A Massachusetts attorney had his nine-month suspension from practicing law extended to 15 months on Friday after the state's Supreme Judicial Court ruled the counts against him of abuse and misconduct relating to elderly clients' estates warranted harsher penalties given the repeated nature of the acts and his failure to repay excessive fees.

  • April 20, 2018

    Atty Suspended For Ignoring Clients, Missed Deadlines

    The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday suspended a Miami-area attorney for three years for repeatedly neglecting court deadlines and for voluntarily dismissing a lawsuit without contacting his client, who unsuccessfully tried to reach him and had to learn from a friend that her case had been dismissed.

  • April 20, 2018

    Mail Not Integral To Jailed Lawyer's Scheme, 7th Circ. Told

    An Indiana lawyer serving two years for bilking a bankrupt grocery store of more than $300,000 after he was appointed its receiver asked the Seventh Circuit on Friday to overturn his conviction, saying the prosecutors who charged him with mail fraud failed to prove his use of mail sought to further his scheme rather than to simply avoid its detection.

  • April 20, 2018

    Wis. Atty Disciplined For Bungling Med Mal Suit

    The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Friday publicly reprimanded an attorney who admitted to taking on a medical malpractice case without prior experience with malpractice cases and later exiting the suit without properly advising her clients.

  • April 20, 2018

    Heiress Accused Of Inheritance-Tax Dodge Gets Pretrial Win

    A Manhattan federal judge on Thursday awarded pretrial relief to an art consultant charged with dodging taxes on a $4 million inheritance, holding that statements made by her on tax returns, as well as her lawyer's statements in a related fight over government demands for foreign bank records, can't be used against her at trial.

  • April 20, 2018

    K&L Gates, Ex-Client Agree To Toss Houston Malpractice Suit

    K&L Gates LLP and the owner of an oil and gas equipment company are both seeking the dismissal of a legal malpractice suit the executive brought against the firm and one of its partners, the parties told a state district court judge in Houston on Thursday.

  • April 20, 2018

    Litigation Funding Isn't Just For The Little Guy Anymore

    As their industry gains acceptance and a greater foothold in the legal marketplace, commercial litigation financing firms are finding themselves not only helping Davids level the playing field, but also Goliaths with respect to better managing risk and deploying their resources more strategically.

  • April 20, 2018

    Dentons Under Scrutiny After UK Maternity Leave Spat

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority is looking into the conduct of some Dentons UKMEA LLP human resources managers that came to light during a gender discrimination dispute last year, a spokesperson for the U.K. legal regulatory body confirmed on Friday.

  • April 19, 2018

    Ill. Judge Lied During Murder Investigation, Board Says

    The Illinois Judicial Inquiry Board filed a formal complaint Thursday against a downstate Illinois judge after he allegedly lied about the whereabouts of a phone that was important to police in the investigation of his ex-roommate's connection to a murder.

  • April 19, 2018

    Trump Atty Drops Libel Suit Against BuzzFeed, Fusion GPS

    Michael Cohen, the personal attorney for President Donald Trump who has found himself in the sights of federal prosecutors, on Wednesday dropped his much-ballyhooed defamation suits in New York state and federal court against BuzzFeed and political intelligence firm Fusion GPS, according to court records.

  • April 19, 2018

    Pa. Judge Can't Appeal Jurisdiction In Defamation Suit

    A Pennsylvania state judge on Thursday lost his bid for an appeal of a decision allowing the federal courts to retain jurisdiction over a lawsuit alleging that he was defamed in a book about an infamous murder trial he presided over in Philadelphia.

  • April 19, 2018

    Proskauer Tells 5th Circ. It's Immune From $1.5B Stanford Suit

    Proskauer Rose LLP on Thursday told the Fifth Circuit that a Texas federal judge wrongly denied its bid to end a $1.5 billion suit brought by the receiver for the R. Allen Stanford Ponzi scheme, as the firm argues the attorney immunity doctrine should protect it from an upcoming trial.

  • April 19, 2018

    Ariz. Court Resolves Firms' Row Over Med Mal Settlement

    An Arizona appeals court on Thursday awarded the bulk of a 33 percent contingency fee from a $500,000 medical malpractice settlement to the firm that originally took the case and spent two years developing it, saying the firm that brokered the deal was unjustly enriched by the original firm's work.

  • April 19, 2018

    Texas Atty Gets 10 Years For $26M Workers' Comp Fraud

    A Dallas-area attorney was sentenced to 10 years in prison Thursday following his admission to a scam under which he fraudulently obtained more than $26 million from the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs.

  • April 19, 2018

    NY Gun Atty's Wife Tells Bribe Jury Ex-Cop 'Broke His Heart'

    New York gun lawyer John Chambers had few male friends after transitioning from the female to the male gender, and it “broke his heart” when ex-NYPD cop David Villanueva snubbed him by not inviting him to the officer's 2015 wedding, the attorney’s wife told a jury hearing bribery charges against her husband Thursday.

  • April 19, 2018

    State AGs Tell Congress Not To Exclude Attys From FDCPA

    The New York, California and Massachusetts attorneys general joined 17 of their counterparts in urging Congress on Thursday to reject a bill that would shield law firms and attorneys involved in debt-collection litigation from the reaches of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, saying the move would strip away critical safeguards.

  • April 19, 2018

    Law360's The Week In Discipline

    A Manhattan law firm on the hook for the money a former client spent suing the firm and a one-time Los Angeles prosecutor accused of hiding the identity of an eyewitness in a death penalty case lead Law360's The Week In Discipline, which compiles sanctions and conduct charges that may have flown under the radar.

Expert Analysis

  • Best Practices For Building A Better Meeting

    Nicholas Cheolas

    How can we improve meetings in the legal industry, which tends to evolve with the speed of a tranquilized water buffalo mired in quicksand? Breaking it down to three phases can yield significant benefits, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.

  • 5 Ways Law Firms Are Becoming More Like Hotels

    Bella Schiro

    One way law firms differentiate themselves from the competition to attract and retain top talent is through their real estate and workplace strategies. Taking a lead from the hospitality industry can help create a more inviting, welcoming and collaborative workspace environment, says Bella Schiro of Jones Lang LaSalle Inc.

  • Opinion

    Gorsuch's 1st Year Shows He Is A Conservative Activist

    Elliot Mincberg

    In his first year on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch has proven to be a narrow-minded elitist who consistently votes in favor of corporations and the powerful, acting to roll back protections for workers, consumers, LGBTQ individuals and other marginalized communities, says Elliot Mincberg of People for the American Way.

  • Opinion

    There Is Middle Ground For US Lawyers On AML Regimes

    Matthew O'Hara

    The American Bar Association continues to oppose legislation that would impose certain European Union and U.K. anti-money laundering requirements on U.S. lawyers. The ABA should further consider its approach to this issue as there is a viable middle ground that protects privileged communications and confidential information while advancing the interests of the legal profession, says Matthew O’Hara of Freeborn & Peters LLP.

  • Finance-Savvy Millennials Are Shifting Business Of Law

    Michael Perlich

    The impact of millennials has already been felt within the legal community by our eagerness to embrace new technologies. One way that we will have potentially even more impact lies in our willingness to embrace new ways of developing business and financing law, says Michael Perich of Burford Capital LLC.

  • Opinion

    Attorney-Client Privilege Is Alive And Well

    Genie Harrison

    The FBI raid of the office of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer set off a firestorm of controversy about the sanctity of the attorney-client privilege, epitomized by Trump's tweet that the "privilege is dead." But attorney-client privilege is never taken lightly — I have battle scars from the times I have sought crime-fraud exceptions, says Genie Harrison of the Genie Harrison Law Firm.

  • Roundup

    Dissolving Practice

    Dissolving Practice

    In this series, experts discuss the unique aspects of closing a law firm, and some common symptoms of dysfunctionality in a firm that can be repaired before it's too late.

  • Series

    Dissolving Practice: How To Fix A Dysfunctional Law Firm

    Larry Richard

    I am often asked, “When there are one or more partner departures, what can a firm do to prevent this from escalating to a catastrophic level?” The short answer is “nothing.” Law firms need to adopt culture-strengthening lifestyles to prevent defections from occurring in the first place, says Larry Richard of LawyerBrain LLC.

  • Attys Must Remember Duty Of Confidentiality When Online

    Trisha Rich

    In a recent opinion on lawyers' public online commentary, the American Bar Association noted that even when attorneys don't name clients, a breach of confidentiality can occur if a third party could deduce the client's identity. But state laws can differ, so lawyers must know their own jurisdictions' rules, say Trisha Rich and Allison Martin Rhodes of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Series

    Dissolving Practice: Partner Agreement Clauses That Can Help

    ​​​​​Leslie Corwin

    Given the competing public policies of protecting clients’ right to counsel of their choice, lawyer mobility, and the fiduciary duty partners owe to a dissolved firm, it behooves law firms to carefully review their partnership agreements to make sure they adequately spell out what happens in the unfortunate event that the law firm chooses to wind down, say ​​​​​Leslie Corwin and Rachel Sims of Blank Rome LLP.