Opinions: From 1995-1999

  • 99-100 (joint opinion with the Pennsylvania Bar Association - considerations when a lawyer leaves a firm)
  • 99-14 (disclosure and reporting by lawyer sued for malpractice of alleged false document filed with court by lawyer/client)
  • 99-13 (disclosure to third parties and in advertising of criminal conviction of one of principals in financial services company)
  • 99-12 (attorney recruits business clients for participation in prepaid legal services plan for employees - attorney to receive commission - conflict of interest)
  • 99-11 (confidentiality--private opinion)
  • 99-10 (duty to hold settlement proceeds in escrow account pending receipt of properly executed settlement documents - notice to opposing counsel if funds are moved)
  • 99-9 (attorney who writes will also serves as trustee of testamentary trust and executor of will)
  • 99-8 (assignment of proceeds in plaintiff contingent fee case to third party finance source in exchange for present payment of money to client)
  • 99-7 (supervision of attorney by non-attorney--private opinion)
  • 99-6 (use of confidential information by former in-house counsel against former in-house counsel against former employer in employment litigation)
  • 99-5 (non-attorney spouse holding financial interest in court reporting service - duty to disclose conflict of interest
  • 99-4 (short-term discounting of settlement funds to be paid)
  • 99-3 (accepting referral fee from non-attorney professional--conflict of interest)
  • 99-2 (payment of disputed referral fee where conflict of interest)
  • 99-1 (referral fee where referring attorney had conflict of interest)
  • 98-22 (duty to probate will when co-executer and other co-executer, surviving spouse does not want it probated)
  • 98-21 (no opinion issued)
  • 98-20 (private opinion)
  • 98-19 (contact with legatees of estate by opposing counsel when no response from legatees' counsel)
  • 98-18 (malpractice and conflict of interest)
  • 98-17 (use of trade name)
  • 98-16 (attorney obtaining indemnification from client on issue of liability for failure to protect medical provider's medical bills)
  • 98-15 (propriety of ex parte communication with judge by counsel representing a party in litigation)
  • 98-14 No Opinion Issued
  • 98-13 No Opinion Issued
  • 98-12 (ex parte communication by plaintiff with court in pending action)
  • 98-11 (advertising using posters picturing union members who have been clients of firm in the past)
  • 98-10 (conflict of interest--new law partner previously master in domestic relations court)
  • 98-9 (conflict of interest--firm pursuing claim against insurance carrier that is paying firm for defense representation of another client in a completely unrelated matter)
  • 98-8 (what to do when unable to find client)
  • 98-7 (taking over class from deceased solo practitioner)
  • 98-6 (ethical considerations for attorney communicating with others on the Internet)
  • 98-5 (ethical obligations on attorney whose civil client is implicated criminally in a totally unrelated matter)
  • 98-4 (consortium claim when married client divorces)
  • 98-3 (targeted direct mail solicitation)
  • 98-2 (contact by plaintiff's counsel with defendant's insurance carrier when defense counsel advises that he represents the carrier as well)
  • 98-1 (purchase of business which provides services to Social Security claimants at the administrative hearing level)
  • 97-15 (production of release to client/wife when release has purported signature of wife that husband's girlfriend actually forged at request of husband)
  • 97-14 (direct mail solicitation by attorney's spouse)
  • 97-13 (conflict of interest - in the course of client representation, attorney uses business owned by family member physician that does neurological and diagnostic testing)
  • 97-12 (agreement not to report attorney misconduct as part of settlement of lawsuit brought against attorney for professional malfeasance)
  • 97-11 (provision of legal and nonlegal services by corporation - ancillary business)
  • 97-10 (distribution of escrowed funds when there is a workers' compensation lien that carrier ignores, despite repeated communications from plaintiff's counsel)
  • 97-9 (use of anonymous letter to plaintiff's attorney containing useful information about defendant in a medical malpractice case)
  • 97-8 (duty to disclose when client files fraudulent claim and then requests it be withdrawn)
  • 97-7 (duty to disclose when client files bankruptcy and gets discharge of debts without disclosure of refundable retainer as an asset held by attorney in unrelated matter)
  • 97-6 (contacting teachers at a law school about law suit student has filed against the school)
  • 97-5 (duty to disclose confidential financial information about client who is already agreed to pay a certain fine in a criminal matter)
  • 97-4 (payment of referral fee and fee for work completed to the estate of deceased sole practitioner)
  • 97-3 (duty to report attorney misconduct)
  • 97-2 (conflict of interest in AAA arbitration)
  • 97-1 (DPW lien on personal injury recovery)
  • 96-15 (advertisement)
  • 96-14 (disclosure to disbanded law firm's creditor of significant monetary recovery by individual former partner who is also claiming fee collected is not due other former partners)
  • 96-13 (immigration practice - international adoption practice in other federal courts - choice of law)
  • 96-12 (disclosure of client information to U.S. Patent Office - choice of law
  • 96-11 (attorney serving as executive director of non-profit corporation; multiple representation and conflict of interest)
  • 96-10 (withdrawn)
  • 96-9 (private opinion)
  • 96-8 (use of confidential information by former in-house counsel in lawsuit against former employer)
  • 96-7 (treatment of refundable retainers)
  • 96-6 (duty to report misconduct by adverse counsel discovered from inadvertent fax)
  • 96-5 (covenant not to compete)
  • 96-4 (exclusivity contract with law firm)
  • 96-3 (duty to minor client when parent has conflict of interest and wants case withdrawn)
  • 96-2 (duty of confidentiality and conflict of interest regarding prospective client)
  • 96-1 (sale of a law practice)
  • 95-21 (conflict of interest when parent of a minor plaintiff is also a defendant)
  • 95-20 (flyer distribution outside court building)
  • 95-19 (disclosure of client's HIV status)
  • 95-18 (releasing client identity to authorities investigating counterfeit money)
  • 95-17 (use of local/regional place names in the name of a law office)
  • 95-16 (disclosure to corporate principals of complicit actions of a principal)
  • 95-15 (reporting misconduct by non-lawyers)
  • 95-14 (distribution of counsel fees sanctions in personal injury contingent fee cases)
  • 95-14a (disclosure to opposing counsel of an ex parte communication made by a client to judge without attorney's knowledge)
  • 95-13 (attorney may not accept a settlement offer which would require him to violate the rules of professional conduct and should consider reporting to the disciplinary board counsel proposing such an offer)
  • 95-12 (ethical propriety of attorney advertising, taking into account May, 1994 changes to the rules governing advertising)
  • 95-11 (duty of an attorney who jointly represents co-guardians of an estate to disclose misappropriation of funds for personal use on the part of one guardian to the other guardian)
  • 95-10 (distribution of pre-paid telephone cards (as business cards) to clients and/or the general public for restricted/unrestricted use)
  • 95-9 (propriety of lender's attorney conducting a real estate settlement without a title company representative present)
  • 95-8 (uninsured motorist arbitrations: contact with the arbitrators)
  • 95-7 (attorney purchase of client's portion of a settlement at a discount - factoring)
  • 95-6 (responsibility of attorney a for client files left behind by attorney b, a former tenant [but not a former associate] in the law offices of attorney a)
  • 95-5 (applicable duty of client confidentiality when client/executor embezzles estate funds; disclosure to tribunal)
  • 95-4 (duty to disclose [to a previous client] the fact that your current client may have lied in testifying against the previous client during trial)
  • 95-3 (disclosure of a false statement made by client to opposing counsel during deposition)
  • 95-2 (disclosure to the FEC of a crime allegedly committed by a the director of a political action committee [PAC])
  • 95-1 (acceptable courses of action for an attorney who believes his client - a lawyer and executor of several estates - to be incompetent)