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Nabil Foster focuses his practice on the defense of consumer class action lawsuits and the defense of attorneys in professional liability and …

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NYC Permitted to Regulate Legal Professionals Performing Debt Collection

The Second Circuit recently issued an opinion in Eric M. Berman, P.C. and Lacy Katzen, LLP v. City of New York, et al., stating that district court erred in ruling that New York State’s authority to regulate attorney conduct preempted a New York City law regulating certain debt collection activities of attorneys (“Local Law 15”). Local Law 15 amended Local Law 65 to add language regarding attorneys and the regulation of debt collection in NYC. See N.Y.C. Admin. Code § 20‐489(a)(5). More ›

Avoiding Ethics Problems with Client's Money – IOLTA is your Friend not your Banker

For lawyers, money in the door isn't really money in your door. This is because the money clients send you is still the client's money until you earn it. Lawyers create trouble for themselves by mingling a client's money with the lawyer's money. For a moment, consider the issue from the client's perspective... how can I be confident that my lawyer is keeping my money safe? (See model rule 1.15 – Safekeeping of Client Property) Answer: put the client's money in an account that is separate from the account holding the lawyer's money. More ›

E-discovery for Illinois Courts – "Something Wicked This Way Comes" – New Court Rules To Help You Avoid Toil and Trouble

On May 29, 2014, the Illinois Supreme Court adopted new rules to address e-discovery in Illinois courts. The title's reference to the Shakespeare quote from Macbeth and the Ray Bradbury novel is a warning that e-discovery for the uninformed can be a harrowing and complicated process, which can easily become unpleasant and exorbitant. More ›

Avoiding Ethics Problems in Social Media — Phone a Friend

Lawyers are social animals and when they feel emotionally tethered to a desk, a billable hour requirement or some other unpleasant aspect of being a lawyer, their use of social media can create a big ethical problem. More ›

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