Mass. Ruling A Cautionary Tale For Attorneys Changing Firms

By Mariana Korsunsky and Gary Ronan (July 7, 2021, 2:18 PM EDT) -- Many lawyers switch firms at least once during their careers. While it's natural for those lawyers to want to take their clients and files with them, they must remember that transitioning from one firm to another raises a number of ethical issues and can result in liability toward the departing lawyer's old firm if duties to that firm are ignored.

Lawyers who practice together in a law firm owe one another, and the firm, fiduciary duties, including a duty of loyalty. This is true even for associates and nonequity partners who, although not owners, nevertheless owe duties to the firm as...

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