Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility

law firm names
What’s in a Name? For Law Firms, Not Much

What does a legal consumer gain from a law firm name like Anderson & Jones? Nothing. Here's why all firms should be allowed to use a brand name.

Jared Correia - November 30, 2022
client information
Can Lawyers Ethically Store and Transmit Client Info in the Cloud?

Our law firm would like to reduce our paper and physical storage use and costs by “going to the cloud” with our data. Before we invest in training our attorneys and staff, how do we know what companies are secure and trustworthy? We don’t want ...

Mark C. Palmer - October 30, 2022
opposing counsel
Shutting Down Uncivil Opposing Counsel

It's been said (often) that lawyers were genteel, professional and respectful of their colleagues in the past. But the last few decades haven't been good ones for the profession on that front. Intimidation, shabby lawyering, "over-papering" and ...

Quinn Clancy - October 28, 2022
lawyer flat fee
Ethical Considerations for Flat Fee Billing

Mark C. Palmer | Q: “I’d like to expand my law firm’s flat-fee offerings into new practice areas, but I want to make sure it's a sound financial move and an ethically permissible one.”

Mark C. Palmer - October 11, 2022
letter of closure
A Letter of Closure for All the Right Reasons

Using a letter of closure at the end of a client engagement varies greatly firm to firm — and at times among lawyers within the same firm. Among those who don't use them, the excuses I hear include, “We do a lot of flat-fee, in-and-out kinds of ...

Mark Bassingthwaighte - September 24, 2022
referral fees
Is It OK to Pay Referral Fees?

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 successful, you'll probably need some guidance on referral fees. Here it is.

Roy S. Ginsburg - September 20, 2022
law firm website rules
Is Your Law Firm Website Bar Compliant?

Annette Choti | A quick primer on some of the most common law firm website ethics rules.

Annette Choti - September 18, 2022
chatbots for lawyers
Live Chat and Chatbots: Do You Need Them on Your Law Firm’s Website?

Annette Choti | Benefits and challenges of live chats and bots, as well as popular platforms.

Annette Choti - September 12, 2022
lawyer lead generation services
Ethics of Lead Generation Services

Attorney advertising has morphed from Yellow Pages ads to web platforms — and referral services have evolved as well. Once the province of nonprofit bar associations and entirely permitted under the ABA Model Rules, what we used to call simply ...

Megan Zavieh - September 7, 2022
SEO content audit
Doing an SEO Content Audit for Your Law Firm’s Website: 5 Key Steps

Annette Choti | An audit allows you to closely examine your site’s content, design, and the user experience it provides.

Annette Choti - August 4, 2022
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