Ethics Consultations

Where do you start when you have an ethics question?

Most lawyers probably turn to the Rules of Professional Conduct. But often the answer will not jump out at you. It is difficult to know how to interpret the 400+ comments to the Rules. Then there are the more than 500 ABA Formal Ethics Opinions and many state ethics opinions, some of which conflict with each other. For thorny questions, it may be faster to reach out to us for help. 

We provide telephone, Zoom, and in-person consultations on ethics and law practice issues. We do our best to find time to talk with you within 48 hours of when you contact us. Some typical areas for consultations include:

  • Conflicts of interest
  • Retainer agreements
  • Communicating with represented and I represented parties (Rules 4.2 and 4.3)
  • Withdrawing from representation
  • Navigating ethics restrictions on marketing
  • Multi-jurisdictional practice
  • Lawyer departures from law firms 
  • Bar admissions 

The best way to initiate a consultation is to call or e-mail Eric or Nick using our contact information below. We will need to know whether your questions involve the conduct of another lawyer or law firm so that we can check for conflicts.

Pricing for consultations:

New Clients: The first 15 minutes of a consultation with a new client is free. After the first 15 minutes, we charge at our hourly rates with a minimum charge of $245 for consultations with Eric and $175 for consultations with Nick. We have found that this arrangement allows lawyers to feel comfortable calling to ask a brief question but still permits us to charge for our legal advice for more complex matters.

Returning clients are subject to the minimum charge regardless of how short the call is, although we still exercise discretion over whether to charge for very brief questions. 

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