Social Media, Judges, and Lawyers

This post was written by Megan Zavieh and originally published on Lawyerist.com on June 5, 2013. Judges are on social media, making their online profiles prime targets for lawyers looking to know more about the triers of fact. Lawyers must be careful, though, not to step across the line to unethical conduct when using social media to[…]

Trust Accounting Basics

This post was written by Megan Zavieh and originally published on Lawyerist.com on April 4, 2014. Managing trust accounts – handling other people’s money – is one of the most sensitive things lawyers do, and one of the most common sources of ethical violations. You must know the rules. Common Rules Every state has its[…]

Virginia Bar Takes Aim at Avvo

This post was written by Megan Zavieh and originally published on Lawyerist.com on October 31, 2017. On Friday, October 27, 2017, Virginia Bar’s Standing Committee on Legal Ethics voted to send Legal Ethics Opinion 1885 to the Supreme Court for Adoption. LEO 1885 addresses third-party platforms offering legal services on a flat fee basis. While it could[…]

How to Keep Your Client Safe From Solicitation

This post was written by Megan Zavieh and originally published on Lawyerist.com on September 10, 2014. Some of the most fundamental rules governing the ethics of lawyers relate to attorney advertising. Don’t over-promise in your ads, include basic disclaimers, and never offer your services to someone you know is already represented. Related: Law Firm Website: Is Your[…]

California Says You Must Understand E-Discovery in Order to Litigate

This post was written by Megan Zavieh and originally published on Lawyerist.com on July 22, 2015. California’s proposed ethics opinion on attorney duties in e-discovery has been finalized. The opinion is unsurprising in terms of its analysis of today’s technology and long-standing ethics rules, and it highlights that in today’s world, discovery is extremely complex and high[…]

In the Courtroom, Personal Political Views Must Take a Backseat to Client Interests

This post was written by Megan Zavieh and originally published on Lawyerist.com on September 21, 2016.   In 2016, an Ohio lawyer supporting the Black Lives Matter movement appeared in court for a client, apparently with no case link to BLM, while wearing a BLM pin. The judge took issue with the pin and asked her to[…]

Responding to an Ethics Complaint: A How-To Guide

This post was written by Megan Zavieh and originally published on Lawyerist.com on March 4, 2013. Bar complaint statistics have been updated to reflect the summary report provided by the California State Bar for 2018.   Every year, ethics boards receive thousands of complaints. The California State Bar alone received almost 16,000 in 2018, a number that[…]

Earned Fees & Unearned Fees: Handling a Mixed Check

This post was written by Megan Zavieh and originally published on Lawyerist.com on September 30, 2014. Handling client funds correctly is critical to the success of your law practice, not only for business reasons but for ethical ones. It is essential to properly handle a check which contains a mix of fund types.   Related: Billing to[…]

Astroturfing to Technethics, the New Vocabulary of Legal Ethics

This post was written by Megan Zavieh and originally published on Lawyerist.com on September 25, 2013. Ethics blogs and journalists spend a lot of time writing about new technology and how it impacts the world of legal ethics. All this writing spawned a new vocabulary. It can get very wordy to describe something without a name, particularly[…]

Who Decides What in the Attorney-Client Relationship?

This post was written by Megan Zavieh and originally published on Lawyerist.com on February 27, 2015. The attorney-client relationship is one of varying degrees of collaboration, depending on how involved your client chooses to be, how sophisticated they are in legal matters, and the type of case.   But no matter how sophisticated your client may be,[…]