Tag Archives: Conflict of Interest

Should You Pay For Attorney Mistakes?

Patrick Lamb, an attorney and blogger, wrote about attorney mistakes in his August 6, 2015 post on abajournal.com titled “How lawyers can embrace mistakes.”  In his piece, Mr. Lamb suggests that lawyers and law firms should conduct “After Action Assessments,” to … Continue reading

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Widow’s Estate Ordered To Pay Lawyers $44 Million For Five Months Work

New York’s highest court ruled this past Tuesday that the Estate of Alice Lawrence must pay Manhattan law firm Graubard Miller $44 million in contingency fees as a result of a $111 million settlement reached five months after the dispute … Continue reading

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It’s Not Just The Lawyers And Judges . . .

When we blog about the legal system needing reform, we tend to focus on issues involving lawyers and judges, but the whole system needs reform.  Illustrating this is the revocation of a New Jersey psychologist’s license after being found to have influenced … Continue reading

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“Rake” TV Show – Surprisingly Accurate

One of LPR’s followers suggested we watch last week’s episode of Rake, a new legal drama on Fox.  In last Friday’s episode, “Staple Holes,” the lead character, Keegan Dean, leaves his solo practice to join his best friend’s white shoe … Continue reading

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Alternatives Should Be Considered Before Litigation

So your lawyer recommends filing a lawsuit to resolve your issue.  The question you need to ask yourself and your lawyer is: Are there any alternatives to consider before resorting to litigation? To illustrate, imagine you own a home in … Continue reading

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Class Action Lawsuits – Do They Benefit Class Plaintiffs?

According to Senior Circuit Judge Andrew J. Kleinfeld, the recent Facebook class action settlement does not benefit the class plaintiffs.  The Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld the settlement, but Judge Kleinfeld wrote a dissenting opinion: I respectfully dissent. This … Continue reading

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“Churn That Bill, Baby!”

So wrote a lawyer from DLA Piper, a prominent international law firm, in an email to another firm lawyer celebrating the assignment of “random people working full time on random research projects in standard ‘churn that bill, baby!’ mode . . .” … Continue reading

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Steubenville Rape Case: A Conflict of Interest Handled Properly

The guilty verdict is in, handed down by Judge Thomas Lipps in the Ohio teen rape case that gripped so many: Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond guilty of raping a 16-year-old girl. “Arrogance” was the hauntingly descriptive word used by … Continue reading

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Clients Calling the Shots? A Legal Ethics Counsel’s Perspective

Every month, one member of the District of Columbia Bar’s Legal Ethics Counsel or Bar Counsel, writes an article in the Washington Lawyer (the District of Columbia Bar journal) posing an ethical issue and providing guidance to lawyers how to deal with it.   … Continue reading

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Lance Armstrong’s Confession – Good for the Soul, or Good for His Lawyers?

This week, Lance Armstrong confessed to Oprah Winfrey that he, in fact, took performance enhancing drugs during his professional cycling career, despite his previous denials.  Speaking to the Today Show’s Savannah Guthrie on Tuesday morning, legal analyst Lisa Bloom spoke … Continue reading

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