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The Top 10 Ethics Problems for Lawyers - Updated 2014
Posted in Litigation

As lawyers, we spend our days helping people sort through problems.

Some of us represent clients charged with misconduct or illegal action, while others perform transactional work, seeking to help clients put their deals together in a way so as to avoid trouble. At times, lawyers find themselves being scrutinized; after all, we are not infallible. In “The Top Ten: A Summary of Recent Professional Liability Cases,” I have compiled a list of the top ten ways in which lawyers get themselves disciplined, with the help of Charles M. Kidd and Margaret Christensen. This updated version includes cases from 2013, as well as several revised sections.

Whether intentionally or unintentionally, lawyers often find new ethical problems that cause legal problems for them personally. One purpose of this work is to provoke lawyers to re-examine their practices and, where problems exist, formulate a plan for preventing or correcting some of the problems described in “The Top Ten.” Download the whitepaper to learn more about the following:

  • Duties Owed to Opposing or Third Parties
  • Criminal Conduct
  • Conflicts of Interest
  • Attorney Fees
  • Malpractice
  • Solicitation of Business
  • Client Confidences & Privilege
  • Misconduct Involving Dishonesty
  • Trust Accounts
  • Neglect & Lack of Communication

While this list identifies our categorization of the top ten ways in which lawyers get themselves sanctioned, these are not the only ways. New and different forms of misconduct appear regularly.

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Click here to download "The Top Ten: A Summary of Recent Professional Liability Cases" and learn the top ten ethics problems for lawyers.


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    Kevin concentrates his practice on assisting lawyers and law firms with risk management and professional liability issues. He previously served as General Counsel to Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP.

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