New Rules of Professional Conduct for Defense Lawyers

California’s new rules of Professional Conduct go into effect next week and all California lawyers must be familiar with the new rules to avoid potential fines or disciplinary action. On Tuesday, October 23rd, as part of a panel titled “The New Rules of Professional Conduct: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You”, I will be …

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Ethical Obligations of Lawyers — Live Webcast 8/28/18

The ethical obligations for legal service industry professionals is constantly evolving, with new and changing rules, regulations, and case law. On Tuesday, August 28th, 2018, I will be participating in a live webinar organized by The Knowledge Group on the latest ethical obligations for attorneys. My briefing will cover: Engagement Agreements (California Perspective) -- contingency, …

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Ethics Update 2017

I will be speaking to the Orange County Bar Association presenting the latest Ethics Update 2017 on September 28, with my co-panelists Rob Sall, Kevin Mohr, and Bob Kehr.  The program will cover the latest cases and ethics opinion summaries on legal fees, billing, attorney client privilege, conflicts of interest and the duty of confidentiality, …

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Is an Advance Conflict of Interest Waiver Effective?

The Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, LLP v. J-M Manufacturing Co., Inc. case, pending before the California Supreme Court, will provide California lawyers with further insight regarding whether an advance waiver of a conflict of interest is enforceable, and if so, under what circumstances.  An advance conflict of interest waiver is a waiver given by a client to …

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Does a Lawyer Surrender First Amendment Rights by Representing a Client?

Oasis Realty v. Goldman, pending before the California Supreme Court, raises the question, how far does the duty of loyalty extend? Can a lawyer who formerly represented a developer later oppose the very project on which the lawyer worked? Attorney Goldman and his firm represented Oasis Realty in connection with the development of a property …

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