Law firm faces ethical breach

When people hire an attorney to represent them in a court-of-law, they are entitled to certain information regarding the law firm and its ability to provide service to the client. On a larger scale, corporations who use law firms to litigate cases are also entitled to information about the law firm and any information they have regarding legal conflicts they are currently going through.

This rule was recently put into legislation by the California Supreme Court after a case dealing with this topic. A large corporation sued a major law firm because the firm did not disclose critical information that it was representing a company involving a whistleblower the firm was handling. The battle went bounced from Court of Appeals to California Supreme Court, looking at whether the corporation owed money to the law firm for its services rendered, even though it had initiated an ethical breach. Representatives argued that the law firm should be entitled to some compensation for the work it did on the major legal case. However, some of the negotiated profits should be paid back to the corporation because of the ethical breach.

Whether your attorney did not disclose important information regarding your case, did not meet proper deadlines or failed to represent you fully in court, a legal malpractice attorney may be critical to your case. An attorney may look at the details of the case and help organize a solid plan of action to bring about optimal results.

Source: The Recorder, “In case pitting law firms against clients over conflicts, California high court sides (mostly) with clients,” Ross Todd, Aug. 30, 2018.