Client Protection

24 ABA Journal Client Protection articles.

Immigration firm seeks over $1M in damages from former lawyer for ‘deceitful and dishonest behavior’
An immigration firm with offices in Dallas and Houston is suing a former lawyer for “deceitful and dishonest behavior.”
What are your confidentiality obligations to prospective clients? New ABA ethics opinion weighs in
Lawyers owe duties of confidentiality not only to existing and former clients but also to prospective clients. These duties of confidentiality are covered in Model Rules 1.6 (existing), 1.9 (former) and 1.18 (prospective), respectively, of the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct.
The Zoom boom: How videoconferencing tools are changing the legal profession

Long before social distancing, Zoom touted its capabilities for lawyers. And the platform is booming, with a reported jump from 10 million daily users at the end of 2019 to 200 million in March. But lawyers must be extra careful when using Zoom or any other videoconferencing tool.

Proposal would require New Jersey lawyers to reveal client information showing wrongful conviction
An ethics proposal in New Jersey would create an exception to the duty of client confidentiality when a lawyer has information that an innocent person has been wrongly incarcerated.
Lawyer is thankful for second chances after suspension for erratic behavior, client neglect
Ohio lawyer William Matthew Tinch says he’s thankful for second chances after being indefinitely suspended Wednesday following “increasingly erratic” behavior and client neglect.
Lawyer indefinitely suspended for stealing from mentally ill client, charging legal rate for lawn mowing
The Ohio Supreme Court has indefinitely suspended a lawyer accused of transferring more than $147,000 from the accounts of a mentally ill client, although he and his law firm were only owed about $19,000.
Lawyer is accused of recruiting clients into prostitution ring he ran from his home
A 71-year-old criminal defense lawyer in Melbourne, Florida, was arrested Saturday for allegedly using his legal practice to recruit clients into a prostitution ring that he ran out of his home.
Legal reform supporters will keep advocating for California sandbox proposal

Advocates for legal regulatory reform say they are dismayed by the State Bar of California’s recent decision to postpone action on a proposed regulatory sandbox, but they have not given up the fight to convince the bar’s board of trustees to support further exploring the concept.

Is it time to reevaluate the standard for legal malpractice in criminal cases?
Can Rudy Giuliani rely on attorney-client privilege to avoid congressional testimony?
Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, has suggested that he is protected by attorney-client privilege in the impeachment inquiry by Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives. But at least one expert takes issue with that assertion.
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New book seeks to explain conservatism of Justice Clarence Thomas

A new book called The Enigma of Clarence Thomas contends that the justice’s conservatism is shaped by his immersion in…

Lawyer suspended for pocketing fees intended for law firm; court warns of tougher future penalties
A Cedar Rapids, Iowa, lawyer has been suspended for four months for keeping fees from clients that should have been split with his law firm.
To cooperate or not: That is a question for TV characters and real-life clients

Two examples of “snitching” on TV? That’s enough fodder to spark the flames of this week’s column from lawyer Adam Banner.

Nonlawyers could invest in law firms and own legal businesses under Utah work group’s proposal

A Utah task force is proposing a “regulatory sandbox” to allow experimentation with nonlawyer ownership of legal businesses and nonlawyer investment in law firms.

New legal services providers would test…

Firm settles suit alleging it solicited fake online reviews that tricked woman into becoming client

Kraemer Manes & Associates has settled a lawsuit claiming that a client got bad legal advice after she was tricked into hiring the Pennsylvania law firm because of fake online…

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