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Showing 4 posts from January 2015.

How First Year Legal Malpractice Attorneys Impress Their "Clients"

Legal malpractice litigation is complex, especially for first-year associates who have never practiced before. Not only do associates have to figure out the mechanics of a malpractice case, they also have to understand the law and facts at issue in the client’s underlying matter — which usually involves an area of practice with which the associate has no prior experience.  And the clients can be difficult to manage — after all, they are lawyers.  More ›

Don't let the Investigators get you down: The Ethics of Representing a Client During a Law Enforcement Investigation

Lawyers Behind BarsIt can be dangerous work representing a client during a law enforcement investigation. Tired of the burden of proving allegations of wrongdoing, many law enforcement agencies have recently turned to punishing the defense of the allegations. Targeting both inside and outside counsel, enforcement agencies sometimes seek disciplinary action or even institute criminal proceedings against counsel who did nothing more than represent their client. More ›

New Blog Concentrates on Lawyer Disqualification Issues

Keith Swisher, Associate Professor of Law at Arizona Summit Law School, has launched a blog entitled DQed: The Lawyer Disqualification Blog. DQed "exclusively cover[s] lawyer and law firm disqualification." The blog contains updates on disqualification issues and cases, charts and statistics, and research and writing devoted to disqualification.

If you deal with disqualification motions in any fashion, DQed is a great resource to keep up on the latest.

At Year-End, Unfinished Business is Still Unfinished Business

As 2014 comes to a close and 2015 is now upon us, it has been a tumultuous year for large law firms that took on lateral partners from other big law firms that recently failed, such as Thelen, Howrey, Coudert Brothers, Heller Ehrman, and Dewey & LeBoeuf. Until this year, bankruptcy trustees had been riding high by asserting unfinished business claims against firms where these partners used to practice. Their prime theory is based on a California appellate court case from the 1980s, Jewel v. Boxer, which involved the dissolution of a four-lawyer firm and its book of contingent fee cases.  More ›