Opinions: From 2005-2009

  • 2009-11 (Co-executors of estate direct attorney not to reveal potential estate asset--attorney's duties. )
  • 2009-10 (Duty to escrow funds obtained through lower court judgment when case is appealed but no appeal bond is posted)
  • 2009-9 (Client dishonesty--how to address. )
  • 2009-8: No opinion issued--request withdrawn
  • 2009-7 (Two current clients develop conflict of interest; how firm must proceed.)
  • 2009-6: Private Opinion
  • 2009-5 (Permissibility of client indemnification of attorney against claims of third parties.)
  • 2009-4 (Conflict of Interest; "hot potato" rule. Dropping of one client to cure conflict to allow representation of adverse client.)
  • 2009-3 (Conflict of Interest; workers' compensation attorney also having law related business where carriers are clients.)
  • 2009-2 (Ethical propriety of attorney gaining access to MySpace and FaceBook pages by using third party to make request to page owner.)
  • 2009-1 (Class Actions in Pennsylvania and New Jersey; ability to contact putative class members by defendants prior to class certification; Rule 4.2)
  • 2008-14 (Revealing of confidential information in order to address threat to attorney by client.)
  • 2008-13 (Duty to disclose to court and opposing counsel related proceeding in different county)
  • 2008-12 (Duty to report misconduct to the Disciplinary Board if already report to the court.)
  • 2008-11 (Duty of attorney to defend action when insured instructs no defense to me made.)
  • 2008-10 (Responding to request from executrix of estate to reveal contact with relatives of decedent who are not clients; choice of law under rule 8.5)
  • 2008-9 (Duty of attorney who learns of existence of significant estate asset in bonds where executrix acts in a way that leads attorney to believe executrix will misappropriate the asset.)
  • 2008-8 (Issues, including attorney client privilege regarding in house counsel serving both in that capacity as well as non-attorney capacity)
  • 2008-7 (Payment by title insurance company of 50 percent of cost of title insurance to attorney for lender — reduction of borrower's cost)
  • 2008-6 (Rule 4.2 — contact about subject of investigation with employee of government regulatory agency)
  • 2008-5 (Payment of a referral fee from attorney doing estate work to attorney who is also executor of the estate)
  • 2008-4 (conflict of Interest — acceptance of referral fee)
  • 2008-3 (issues raised regarding conflicts and solicitation with Florida litigation; choice of law)
  • 2008-2 (use of e-mails of opposing party in litigation where e-mails obtained by client)
  • 2008-1 (use of celebrity photographs on website)
  • 2007-14 (completing settlement of case where opposing counsel has been disbarred or suspended. Distribution of fee)
  • 2007-13 (listing on referral website — conflict of interest)
  • 2007-12 (duty of attorney representing union as regards funds collected in judgment for benefit of wage earners)
  • 2007-11 (Former client of former firm has history of dishonesty. Attorney moves to new firm where former client is current client in unrelated matter. Imputed conflict of interest; limitation on present representation; duty to withdraw.)
  • 2007-300 (joint opinion of the Philadelphia Bar Association Professional Guidance and Pennsylvania Bar Association Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committees on ethical considerations for lawyers changing jobs)
  • 2007-10 (duty of confidentiality to client preventing disclosure to medical providers of lack of insurance coverage)
  • 2007-9 (ethical duties as regards personal injury recoveries and child support arrearages)
  • 2007-8 (Executrix mishandles estate assets. Dual role of attorney; conflict of interest.)
  • 2007-7 (Ability of an attorney to withdraw from case--Rule 1.16)
  • 2007-6 (confidentiality of deceased client's unprobated will)
  • 2007-5 (ethical duty of attorney to advise opposing counsel that she is not authorized to accept service on behalf of client, where circumstances indicate that opposing counsel believes otherwise)
  • 2007-4 (multijurisdictional practice issues)
  • 2007-3 (acceptable job responsibilities for suspended attorney while employed at law firm where he practiced as an attorney)
  • 2007-2 (withdrawing from domestic relations representation when client no longer able to pay attorney's fee)
  • 2006-8 (filing tort action as well as fee collection action against former client's use of confidential information)
  • 2006-7 (duty to disclose issues regarding organization's tax status to full board of directors and/or organization's members.)
  • 2006-6 (contact with in-house counsel of putative class members--Rule 4.2)
  • 2006-5 (admission by waiver under Pennsylvania Bar Admission Rule 204 when prior practice requirement is met by federal practice in Pennsylvania)
  • 2006-4 (fund raising enhancement of non-profit client list - client consent required)
  • 2006-3 (interlocking firms - letter, disclosure, conflict of interest)
  • 2006-2 (obligation to inform opposing counsel of payments possibly made in error)
  • 2006-1 (screening of conflicted attorney under Rule of Professional Conduct 1.10b)
  • 2005-17 (propriety of successor attorney paying fee to prior attorney who was disqualified by the court from further handling of the case which generated the fee)
  • 2005-16 (propriety of referral fee payment to attorney with after-acquired conflict of interest)
  • 2005-15 (duties of and actions required by an attorney who discovers that cleint has lied about material facts in the case)
  • 2005-14 (Non admitted attorney with foreign law degree admitted in reciprocal state -- wants to practice immigration law in PA)
  • 2005-13 (letterhead--attorney retired from one firm became "of counsel" to another)
  • 2005-12 (conflict of interest -- worker's compensation -- familiarity with opposing client)
  • 2005-10 (scope of permitted activities for suspended attorney)
  • 2005-9 (conflict of interest--communication with non-client--immigration case)
  • 2005-8 (attorney working for collection agency)
  • 2005-7 (duty to disclose perceived fraud by opposing counsel)
  • 2005-6 (Rule 4.2--communication with client represented in the same underlying matter but in a different role adverse to self
  • 2005-5Supp (additional facts for 2005-5, additional analysis)
  • 2005-5 (conflict of interest representing driver and employer in motor vehicle accident)
  • 2005-4 (subsequent employment for state unemployment compensation referee)
  • 2005-3 (in person solicitation on behalf of attorneys of people known to the solicitors)
  • 2005-2 (duty to advise insurance adjuster of mistake of law)
  • 2005-1 (private opinion)