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Ethics case centers on lawyer’s conflict check (access required)

An Eastern Shore lawyer is fighting to overturn a Virginia State Bar admonition for failing to withdraw from representing a divorcing husband after the wife divulged confidential information to his law partner. The case highlights the risk of not having a database for easy conflict checks, even for a small law office.

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Lawyers paying non-lawyer colleagues (access required)

Ethics experts and the lawyers they counsel have engaged in a long-running debate about how lawyers can compensate their non-lawyer colleagues. It’s been a contentious issue and a recent decision by the Wisconsin Supreme Court highlights the continuing controversy. The ...

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VSB approves adjuster talk with plaintiff’s lawyer (access required)

The Virginia State Bar has approved an advisory ethics opinion that says unless a plaintiff’s lawyer knows that a defense lawyer represents the insured and the insurance carrier, the plaintiff’s lawyer may talk to an insurance adjuster without the defense ...

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Supreme Court nixes changes in lawyer ad rules (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has rejected proposed reforms in lawyer advertising regulations, refusing to relax requirements for disclaimers on claims about case results and tightening limits on the use of words such as “expert” and “specialist.” With amended advertising rules ...

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Insurance defense bar questions adjuster LEO (access required)

The Virginia State Bar is proposing to give a green light to plaintiffs’ lawyers talking directly with insurance adjusters, but tort defense lawyers are signaling caution. The Virginia Association of Defense Lawyers warns about unintended consequences and oversimplification of the ...

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LEO covers conflicts for ‘of counsel’ status

“Of counsel” has been showing up on law firm letterheads and websites for years, and the status can cover a variety of arrangements. A new advisory legal ethics opinion offers guidelines for one such arrangement, based on a hypothetical in ...

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Appeals court upholds denial of fees to McGuireWoods

McGuireWoods’ failure to provide full disclosure of incentives for some plaintiffs was labeled an “egregious” violation of ethical rules as the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a complete denial of fees for the Richmond-based firm for work on a ...

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