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December 2016 - Vicarious Disqualification of Law Firms in California

New case law suggests a broader approach when looking at whether to disqualify a firm because of a prior case conflict.

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November 2016 - The Message From Baxter v. Bock: Vet Your Fee Arbitrator Early

A recent case describes which disclosures are required to be made by arbitrators.

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October 2016 - Keeping Secrets: Why You Cannot Disclose Even Publicly Available Information If It Would Be Embarrassing or Detrimental to Your Client

Even if the attorney-client privilege permits disclosure of certain information, another duty may forbid it.

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September 2016 - Limits On Pre-Certification Communications With Putative Class Members

Before a class is certified, defendants should be careful what they say, and how they say it, to unrepresented parties.

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August 2016 - Judicial Recusal Due to the Litigation Views of a Judge's Future Employer

When judges accept private employment, when is there an appearance of impropriety in their current cases?

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July 2016 - Interview With Mandatory Fee Arbitration Committee Co-Chairs

Q & A with the experts. Read More..

June 2016 - Supreme Court Interprets Legal Malpractice Statute of Limitations: New Exceptions Create Confusion

How to tell which duties apply by virtue of your being an attorney. Read More..

May 2016 - How to Ethically End the Attorney-Client Relationship

What the rules require if you need to back out. Read More..

April 2016 - Forfeiture of Fees Due to Conflict of Interest

Can breaching certain duties of care require you to forfeit your pay? Read More..

March 2016 - Civility Among Lawyers: Nice Guys Don’t Have to Finish Last

Civility is necessary to being the best advocate for your client. Read More..

February 2016 - Advance Waivers Continue to Draw Criticism From Courts

Recent cases admonish firms who try to use advance waivers to drop clients. Read More..

January 2016 - 2015 Ethics Year in Review

In case you missed something that affects your practice, the year’s ethics columns are summarized here. Read More..

December 2015 - Does Size Matter? Ethical Considerations in Transitioning From Large-Firm to Small-Firm Practice

Some typical practices of small firm attorneys can raise ethical questions. Read More..

November 2015 - Attorney Disclosure Upon Withdrawal

Be careful how much you reveal about why you need to withdraw from a case. Read More..

October 2015 - Don’t Forget the Aggregate Settlement Rule When Negotiating a Civil Settlement for Multiple Defendants

Great advice about what constitutes informed consent. Read More..

September 2015 - The Ethics of Referrals

Important information for your next referral. Read More..

August 2015 - A Look at the Newly Revised Standards for Attorney Sanctions for Professional Misconduct

More sanctions have been added, as explained in this article. Read More..

July 2015 - The Ethical Perils of Representing Corporate Constituents at Depositions

How to prevent the need to withdraw from representing your corporate client when you also represent an employee. Read More..

June 2015 - Ethically Speaking: When Conflicts of Rights Between Patent Clients Preclude Presentation

When two clients are racing to be the first to file with the PTO, are you (is your firm?) precluded from representing both of them?

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May 2015 - Recent Patent Decisions Illustrate Variation in Application of the Common Interest Privilege

Recent  case law further explains the common interest privilege. Read More..
 
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