Beware: Recent Guidance on Online Lawyer Referral Services

By Procopio Partner and General Counsel Carole J. Buckner A recent appellate court opinion and an opinion from the San Diego County Bar Legal Ethics Committee provide guidance to attorneys regarding online lawyer referral services. In a word, beware. In Jackson v. Legal Match.com, 42 Cal.App.5th 760 (2019), the court found that the LegalMatch lawyer …

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Online Lawyer Referrals Services and Litigation Finance: Seminar on Jan. 25, 2020

As part of a four-hour MCLE seminar, Procopio Partner and General Counsel Carole Buckner will be speaking at the L.A. County Bar Association on January 25, 2020, during their 15th annual ethics seminar, "Ethics: All You Need to Know," by the Professional Responsibility and Ethics Committee. The seminar focuses on practical information of use to …

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Serving Two Masters: the California and USPTO Rules of Professional Conduct

It was my pleasure to present to intellectual property attorneys on legal ethics at our January 13, 2020, talk: "Serving Two Masters: the California and USPTO Rules of Professional Conduct." I discussed some of the differences between the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Rules and California Rules regarding conflicts of interests, including the additional …

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Webinar on Legal Ethics and Cybersecurity Jan. 10, 2020

Procopio Partner and General Counsel Carole Buckner will be presenting a webinar on January 10, 2020, at noon ET/9 am PT on Legal Ethics and Cyber Security 2020. The ABA recently reported that 26% of law firms reported a security breach.  Lawyers and law firms are at risk of data security breaches and must have …

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Ethics Implications of State Bar Authorizations for Non-Lawyers

The California State Bar Task Force has proposed amendments to the rules of professional conduct to broaden public access to legal advice. This could be done both by technology-driven delivery systems and through fee-sharing arrangements with non-lawyers. How will this development impact legal practices in 2020? Procopio Partner and General Counsel Carole Buckner will join …

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