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The Top Ten Ethics Problems for Lawyers
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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.

The top ten ethics problems for lawyers range from criminal conduct and malpractice to neglect and lack of communication. And 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.

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.”

Click here to download the document and see 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 also serves as General Counsel to Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP.

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