How to Conduct Ethical Depositions

Defending or taking depositions is something common when dealing with litigation. Developing facts can be a helpful tool, but potential abuses by a lawyer or the potential risks for them can be an issue. There are several high-profile decisions where courts have punished lawyers for showing improper conduct in depositions. As such, disregarding the rules which govern proper deposition conduct may pose serious risks for lawyers and their clients. The…

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Tips for Making Sure You Comply with Your Ethical Obligations

Attorneys are generally aware of the ethical obligations they have toward their clients and they take them seriously. However, law firms don’t simply assume that their lawyers are complying with their ethical obligations and they take steps to assist them whenever ethical issues arise, and, in some cases, help minimize the potential harm facing the client, attorney, and firm. A law firm’s efforts in helping its attorneys and partners comply…

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Useful Career Tips for Law Firm Associates

Associates working in a law firm may often times feel like they are serving two masters: their law firm and their obligations under the Rules of Professional Conduct. Associates have a unique roll; they sometimes bear the weight of completing different legal services under the supervision and direction of the law firm’s partners or other senior attorneys. They don’t yet have any clients of their own, but they are honing…

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Don’t Cross the Line During Depositions

Many experienced litigators will be able to tell you at least one story of a deposition that went poorly. Usually it starts out with an opposing attorney who is seeking retribution for something or just wants to prove to their client that they are zealous. The problem with that is that although depositions take place in informal settings, the rules of decorum and professionalism still apply. Courts will usually sanction…

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Legal Opinions and Potential Ethical Issues

Picture this: a client asks their attorney to provide them with their legal opinion on the matter. It’s something that seems pretty straightforward and common, but depending on the circumstances, there may be unexpected ethical issues that could arise even in connection with an apparently simple legal opinion. When an attorney is asked to evaluate a matter, knowing that their evaluation will then be shared with third-parties, it represents a…

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