Legal Ethics

Leaving South Tahoe: Will Your Advance Conflict Waiver Survive Sheppard Mullin v. J-M Manufacturing?

On Friday, August 30, 2018, the California Supreme Court ruled that a blanket advanced conflict waiver signed by two current clients, which purported to authorize lawyers from Sheppard Mullin to accept an unrelated representation of one client adverse to another, was void against public policy because the firm failed to obtain informed consent.  Even though …

Leaving South Tahoe: Will Your Advance Conflict Waiver Survive Sheppard Mullin v. J-M Manufacturing? Read More »

ABA Approves Changes To Attorney Advertising Ethics Rules

The American Bar Association’s House of Delegates approved on Monday an overhaul to its ethics rules governing attorney advertising and solicitation.  The ABA vote on Monday capped a four-year effort to modernize ethics rules promulgated in the 1980s–long before the Internet forever changed how lawyers market their services and communicate with prospective clients. The ABA’s …

ABA Approves Changes To Attorney Advertising Ethics Rules Read More »

Ethical Considerations for Young Lawyers

Many situations arise in the work place where young lawyers find themselves facing real ethical dilemmas. For example, your supervisor has asked you to do something that you believe may violate the Rules of Professional Conduct.   Or you become aware that another lawyer has engaged in conduct already that may be unethical.  Or a close …

Ethical Considerations for Young Lawyers Read More »

Untying The IP Ethics Knot

Do you worry about ethics in your IP practice?  If not, you should.  There is way too much going on out there, and not knowing what is happening can leave you exposed to ethics and malpractice risk. If you can spare 90 minutes, tune in tomorrow from 1:00-2:30 pm EST for the ABA-IPL Landslide Webinar Series, …

Untying The IP Ethics Knot Read More »

What Can Johnny Manziel Teach Lawyers About Ethics? (Plenty)

Part 1 of a 3-Part Series Ex-Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel has been in the news a lot lately. And none of it has been good. The former Heisman Trophy winner and 2014 first round NFL draft pick was “much watch” sports TV for his prowess on the gridiron. His professional career, which began with such …

What Can Johnny Manziel Teach Lawyers About Ethics? (Plenty) Read More »

10th Annual Patent Law Institute CLE Program From PLI

On May 5-6, 2016, Practicing Law Institute (PLI) will be conducting its 10th Annual Patent Law Institute.  The Institute will be held in San Francisco and also will be broadcast life via webcast. Registration is available at the following link. According to PLI, The Institute is designed to be of ultimate practice value to all …

10th Annual Patent Law Institute CLE Program From PLI Read More »

Anonymous, Inc.: Lawyers, Ethics And Money Laundering Featured On 60 Minutes

For those of you who are not convinced about the importance of legal ethics in modern society, I urge you to watch yesterday’s broadcast of the story entitled Anonymous, Inc., which was shown on CBS’s 60 Minutes. The venerable weekly news program used a fake client representative, wired with a hidden camera and a false story, …

Anonymous, Inc.: Lawyers, Ethics And Money Laundering Featured On 60 Minutes Read More »

Scroll to Top