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Florida Supreme Court dismisses Florida Bar’s petition proposing substantial revisions to lawyer referral service rules

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert Update which will update my August 1, 2016 Ethics Alert and will discuss the recent Florida Supreme Court Order (May 3, 2017) dismissing the Bar’s petition for approval of the proposed substantial revisions to the Bar Rules related to lawyer referral services. The proposed rules would have Read More

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Lawyer’s ethical obligations in surrendering client papers and property after termination of representation and asserting retaining liens

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert will discuss the lawyer’s ethical obligations to surrender papers and property to which the former client is entitled after termination of the representation and asserting retaining liens.  American Bar Association Formal Ethics Opinion 471 provides a good overview of these ethical obligations.  The July 1, 2015 ABA Read More

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Florida Bar’s Board of Governors approves guidelines for advertising past results and revokes informal advisory opinion stating that LinkedIn violates Bar Rules

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert blog which will discuss the recent decisions of the Florida Bar Board of Governors, including approval of guidelines for advertising past results and revoking the staff advisory opinion stating the LinkedIn violates Bar Rules.  The Guidelines for Advertising Past Results are attached and are here: https://www.floridabar.org/TFB/TFBResources.nsf/Attachments/FB68CB88389B9FC785257C430053B5F9/$FILE/guidelines%20past%20results.pdf?OpenElement The Read More

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Florida Supreme Court suspends lawyer for 2 years for “appalling and unprofessional behavior” including “screaming at judges and opposing counsel”

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert blog which will discuss the recent Supreme Court of Florida disciplinary opinion which increased a referee’s recommended suspension from 90 days to 2 years for “appalling and unprofessional behavior” including, inter alia, “screaming at judges and opposing counsel, and personally attacking opposing counsel by disparaging him and Read More

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The Florida Bar’s BOG Communications Committee considers the posting of records in pending lawyer disciplinary matters on the Bar’s website

Hello and welcome to this Ethics Alert blog which will discuss the article in the November 1, 2013 issue of The Florida Bar News about the issue of publicizing pending Bar disciplinary matters which was discussed by the Bar Board of Governors (BOG) Communications Committee at its meeting on October 3, 2013.  The article is Read More

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