We've all been there. Long days. Late nights. Slogging away for the benefit of your client. Then, when you send the bill to be paid for your time, nothing happens. Days, weeks and months go by, to no avail. Your follow up letters, emails and phone calls fare no better. The time has come to file suit to collect. Or has it? If you are contemplating filing an action to [...]
When you practices in the area of legal malpractice defense, you get to see all of the creative ways attorneys get themselves in trouble, or find themselves on the receiving end of a malpractice suit or disciplinary proceedings. Most recently, I came across the story of an Ohio attorney who was indefinitely suspended by the Ohio Supreme Court after being convicted of unauthorized use of his client's property (a fourth degree [...]
Don’t Let Leopard-Print Underwear – or a Social Media Misstep – Become the Beginning of the End of Your Legal Career!
This post is authored by Cathy Trent-Vilim, a partner in LDM’s litigation department. By Cathy Trent-Vilim: The use of social media has become so prevalent that oftentimes users do not think through the consequences of their posts. In some instances, a social media misstep can be the beginning of the end of a promising career. Take for instance Anya Cintron Stern, 31, a Miami-Dade public defender. She was defending her [...]
We know attorneys have an ethical obligation to their own clients for the safekeeping of property under Nebraska's Rules of Profession Conduct. Neb.Rev.Stat. § 3-501.15. This often arises in the area of personal injury litigation. In fact, improper handling or usage of client monies often results in disbarment in the state of Nebraska. It also appears Nebraska attorneys have an ethical obligation to protect the property of third parties whose interest may be contradictory to [...]