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On Ethics

Mar 1, 2016

ON ETHICS: Death of a law firm

A very large Milwaukee-based firm, Gonzalez Saggio & Harlan, has died.

Dec 8, 2015

ON ETHICS: Sometimes the first will be last and the last first

Although I have written before about social media and ethics, a recent court order has me thinking yet another admonition is in order.

Oct 20, 2015

ON ETHICS: Frivolous accusations of frivolity

A recent encounter with opposing counsel in a very terse and contentious case got me thinking about the (over)use of the word “frivolous.”

Sep 22, 2015

ON ETHICS: Billable hours for watching ’48 Hours’?

With the onset of fall, the kids are back in school and football has begun.

Jul 20, 2015

ON ETHICS: Backdating scheme fells law firm

The now-defunct New York firm of Dewey & LeBouef collapsed for many reasons. One of those, it is clear now, was that the now-former partners ignored their responsibilities to the firm and to each other.

Mar 2, 2015

ON ETHICS: Lessons learned from a mega-merger

Last year’s merger of Squire Sanders and Patton Boggs, resulting in mega-firm Squire Patton Boggs LLP, raised some interesting points for us ethics nerds (yes, we have a secret handshake).

Feb 4, 2015

ON ETHICS: Snitches get stitches, except in Wisconsin

While I imagine there are few things more difficult for a lawyer than having to report a client to the court because of misconduct, members of the Wisconsin bar are obliged to do so.

Jan 6, 2015

ON ETHICS: Don’t get pricked

One of the thorniest issues we deal with as attorneys is also one of the most critical: getting paid.

Sep 9, 2014

ON ETHICS: The ethics of Candy Crush

The rules of professional responsibility, much like the wheels of justice, are slow to come around.

Aug 12, 2014

ON ETHICS: What we should have learned about trust accounts

My dad used to tell me that the older you get, the more you realize what you don’t know.

Jul 16, 2014

ON ETHICS: Know when to ask for help with OLR complaints

I often am amazed at how bad we, as lawyers, are at heeding our own advice.


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