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Ethical Issues Arising After Attorney Leaves the Firm

Gain an understanding of a departing attorney and obligations of the firm that need to be handled.

Few events can have greater impact on a law firm's trajectory than the departure of a partner or key associate. Whether they leave on good terms or poor, whether you wish them well or ill, whether they will compete with you or feed you referrals, you must understand the simple ethical issues involved with their departure. This information will help a firm understand the limits imposed on the firm and on the departing attorney, enabling it to take proactive measures that can reduce the negative impact of future departures.

92 minutes
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Agenda

Obligations of Firm and of Departing Attorney

  • Communicating to Clients
    • Who to Tell
    • What to Tell
    • How to Tell
  • Communicating to Third Parties
  • Handling the Departing Attorney's Client Files, Fees, Phones and Mail
  • The Client's Right to Counsel vs. Attorneys Poaching the Firm's Clientele

Other Ethical Considerations

  • Duties of Lawyers Interviewing With Other Firms
  • When Attorneys Leave on Good Terms
  • When Attorneys Leave on Bad Terms

Preventive Practices

  • Employment Agreements
  • Separation Agreements
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OnDemand Course

Applications have not yet been submitted for Delaware, Idaho, Kentucky, Maine, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Wyoming CLE for this course. However, if you are interested in obtaining CLE for any of the listed states or have any additional credit questions please email us at [email protected] or call us at 866-352-9540.

This course was last revised on August 6, 2019.

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  • CA MCLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • Lorman Business Center, LLC. is a State Bar of California approved MCLE sponsor and this course qualifies for 1.5 CLE hours of participatory credit, of which includes 1.50 hours of ethics credit.
     
  • NM CLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the New Mexico Minimum Continuing Legal Education Board for 1.5 hours of credit, including 1.5 hours of ethics credit.
     
  • WA CLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Washington State Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.5 hours of A/V credit, including 1.50 hours of ethics credit.
     

To earn each credit Lorman offers through the OnDemand learning platform, you need to watch 100% of the program. Also, for certain credits you will need to fulfill additional requirements which will be displayed on the "credits" tab when viewing the course.

This program does NOT qualify, nor meet the National Standard for NASBA accreditation.

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Faculty

Marc D. Garfinkle

Marc D. Garfinkle

Law Office of Marc Garfinkle

  • In his practice at the Law Office of Marc Garfinkle, the incidence of clients with mental illness is quite high, he represents attorneys and judges; not just any attorney or judge, but those who have issues with their licensing authorities; sometimes their mental illness or defect is what prompted the issues which came to the bar’s attention; other times, the process itself creates, exacerbates, or resurrects tendencies toward depression, paranoia, anxiety, and suicidal ideation
  • His practice is orderly and civil, his clients typically are stressed out, sometimes to the max; he has had two clients take their own lives and there were a few that were 'talked off the ledge' as a result of ethics investigations
  • Practicing solo since 1978, now limited to attorney ethics and discipline, Bar Admission
  • Wrote “Solo Contendere: How to Go Directly from Law School into the Practice of Law without Getting a Job” 3rd ed, Solo Contendere Press, 2008, 2103; and “I Wasn’t Myself: Mental Illness and Legal Ethics” NJ Law Journal, April 2015
  • Adjunct Professor at Seton Hall University Law School since 2006
  • Regular columnist: Legal Ethics and Commentary, NJ Law Journal
  • Former Attorney Ethics Investigator and former Chair of the NJ District VB Attorney Ethics Committee
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Product ID: 405995
Published 2019
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