Ethics


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When Can You Pay a Referral Fee?

By | Sep.02.14 | No Comments

In most practice areas, a lawyer’s marketing efforts should focus on generating a strong referral pipeline — from both non-lawyers and lawyers alike. If those efforts are succe[...]

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On Balance

Attorney Misconduct — Time to Tattle?

By | Aug.19.14 | No Comments

Reporting another lawyer’s misconduct can bring on a mix of emotions. If the other lawyer is your adversary and you’ve been battling in the gutter, a bar complaint may be exac[...]

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On Balance

Credit Cards: Worth It to Work It Out

By | Jun.18.14 | 2 Comments

Law firms are businesses, whether you’re a solo working from a home office or a large firm with a midtown office. The point of a business is to make money, which means that when [...]

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To Err Is Human — To Admit It, Divine

By | May.14.14 | No Comments

It was my worst nightmare as a young lawyer. I had spent hours and hours cite checking a brief, only to have a more senior colleague say, “Shari, these citations are all wrong[...]

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A Letter of Closure for All the Right Reasons

By | May.13.14 | 1 Comment

Using a letter of closure at the end of client engagements varies greatly from firm to firm — and at times among lawyers within the same firm. Among those who don't use them, the[...]

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Attorney Discipline: Does Time in Practice Count?

By | Apr.30.14 | 1 Comment

When sanctioning lawyers who have violated the rules, ethics regulators typically consider a set of aggravating circumstances that can increase the punishment, as well as a list of[...]

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