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Ethics opinion nixes use of verein names in TX, but firms say “Business as usual.”

Posted in Disqualification, Law Practice Management, Multi-jurisdictional practice, Unauthorized practice
As we've predicted before, the increasing globalization of high-level legal practice continues to create questions about forms of legal practice – in particular, vereins, a structure aimed at letting firms based in different countries operate under a unified brand. Mega-firms Fulbright & Jaworski and Dentons have faced motions to disqualify centered on structural issues, and now a Texas ethics opinion issued last month questions whether lawyers in the Lone Star state can use a verein name on pleadings.… Continue Reading

Out-of-state lawyer disciplined for e-mail negotiations; no safe harbor from unauthorized practice, says MN court

Posted in Multi-jurisdictional practice, Unauthorized practice
Has your mother-in-law ever asked you for legal help? Giving legal advice to family members can be challenging for lots of reasons -- but it comes with the territory when you have a law license. A Colorado lawyer, however, recently got into disciplinary trouble for helping his Minnesota in-laws in a small collection matter. In a badly flawed decision, the Minnesota Supreme Court decided that he'd engaged in the unauthorized practice of law.… Continue Reading

Five legal ethics developments to watch in 2016

Posted in Competence, Conflicts, Law Practice Management, Multi-jurisdictional practice, Privilege, Social Media and Internet
What was the most important development in the legal ethics arena over the past five years?  I was honored to be asked by LexBlog, the folks who provide our blog platform, to share my views on this topic on the LXBN network, which has 8,000+ blog authors.  But of course, the invitation also made me think about… Continue Reading

Filing complaint before being admitted pro hac vice voided pleading, says Ohio court of appeals

Posted in Multi-jurisdictional practice, Unauthorized practice
If your opposing counsel is from out of state and jumps the gun by filing a complaint before being admitted pro hac vice, can you get the complaint tossed?  According to a recent opinion from the Seventh District Ohio Court of Appeals, the answer is “yes.”  By implication, the opinion also points to some limits… Continue Reading
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