Ethics Opinions and Expert Witnesses
Every lawyer faces an ethical “what should/can/must I do now?” question sometime in his or her career. It is part of what makes the practice of law so interesting. But it can also add additional layers of stress in a profession that is already highly demanding.
Ethical dilemmas are never simple
The issues that arise are endless. What if your client has not paid you in months but you are not sure if you can ethically withdraw? Or if there is money in your trust account that you believe you have earned but your client disputes that? What if you are facing a deadline to file a declaration that must be signed by your client but you can’t locate her? Of if you discover that a lawyer in your firm who has been making vague comments about a “career change” has been soliciting clients of the firm? Or if you cannot decide whether obtaining a conflict of interest waiver will be sufficient to shield you from an ethical violation?
The maze of rules, court opinions
and informal opinions
The Washington Rules of Professional Conduct (including comments) are 100 pages long (single spaced). It’s hard to keep track of all of them, not to mention the constant updates and changes. Sometimes the rules do not address a specific ethical issue, but court cases, advisory opinions or treatises might. Having the experience and perspective of an attorney who has been thoroughly versed in the Rules of Professional Conduct and the case law and ethics opinions interpreting them for twenty years can be an essential asset.
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