Ethics Questions as Your Firm Expands with Jessica Beckwith [LGE 042]

Jan 1, 2019 | Podcast

As your firm grows and expands, what type of ethics issues might you encounter during this time of change? From effective waivers during mergers to managing client relationships, my guest Jessica Beckwith joins me to share her insight on how solo and small firms can grow and expand ethically.

Jessica is a partner in the Los Angeles and Phoenix offices of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Real Estate & Environmental Practice as well as the Professional Liability Practice. Her practice is focused on environmental law and attorney regulation and ethics.

What We Discuss in this Episode:

  • Why are there so few ethics attorneys given the amount of lawyers there are in the U.S.?
  • What types of conflicts do big law firms encounter?
  • As a small firm begins to grow, what should the lawyer-owner pay attention to?
  • How effective is your firm’s waiver? Is it complete enough?
  • When it comes to disclosures and conflicts of interests, what type of information must be disclosed?
  • What two ethics rules govern imputation?
  • Multi-jurisdictional practices and what specific issues they entail
  • If you’re licensed in more than one state, what type of disclosures should you make to your clients?
  • What to do when there are no ethics rules directly on point with an action you’re hoping to take as you expand?

Resources Mentioned:

Sheppard Mullin’s Undisclosed Conflict case

California’s Rules of Professional Conduct 1.10 and 1.8.11

Contact Information:

Lewis Brisbois attorney profile

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