Opinions: 2010-Present

  • 2014-7 Ability to advise court of failure to disclose assets by former client
  • 2014-6 Confidentiality of clients’ identities in Union pre-paid legal services plan; payment by 3rd party
  • 2014-5 Discovery issue in social media
  • 2014-4 Suing former client –conflict of interest
  • 2014-3 Rule 4.2 and former employees of adverse corporations. Ex parte contact permitted.
  • 2014-2 Payment of compensation to fact witness under Rule 3.4
  • 2014-1 Conflict of interest in criminal case regarding former client requiring withdrawal
  • 2013-8 Ethical issues arising out of exclusive funding arrangement; analysis of agreement
  • 2013-6 Transfer of assets out of an estate contrary to provisions of will previously executed 8 weeks before transfer; disclosure of transfer; waiver of confidentiality; death of client
  • 2013-5 Duties when attorney learns client has lied about material fact in case where complaint has been filed—Rules 1.6. 3.3, 4.1
  • 2013-4 Issues regarding retention of retainer and handling of e-mail when attorney leaves firm
  • 2013-3 Conflict of Interest for military attorneys subject to furlough resulting from the Sequestration; representing employer in appeals of the furlough
  • 2013-1 Conflict of interest in representing one party where adversity is inevitable with another prospective client from whom confidential information was received and legal advice provided in a substantially related matter.
  • 2012-11 Conflict of interest in patent setting
  • 2012-10 Attorney with money judgment against client in possession of recovery check made payable to attorney and client. Ethical to execute against that check?
  • 2012-9 Dealing with non-lawyer representing adverse party—aiding and abetting the unauthorized practice of law.
  • 2012-8 Use of LinkedIn by Attorneys
  • 2012-7 Prepaid Legal Services Plan—multiple issues
  • 2012-6 Conflict of interest representation in criminal appeal
  • 2012-5 Withdrawn; No Opinion Issued
  • 2012-4 Duty to report suspected fraud by government officials; scope of representation
  • 2012-3 Suspended attorney practicing before Social Security Administration; significant unauthorized practice of law issues.
  • 2012-2 Register of Wills and private practice; what is permissible what is not.
  • 2012-1 Solicitation of clients by non-profit legal program; supervision of non- lawyers
  • 2011-100(Joint Opinion with Pennsylvania Bar Association Committee on Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibilitly--Ethical Propriety of Limited Scope Representation)
  • 2011-7(Contingent fee prohibited on funds that would be characterized as alimony even though divorce granted years earlier and amount to be divided is already known. Rule 1.5d.)
  • 2011-6(Attorney for Plaintiff not permitted to sign settlement agreement with indemnification of defendant and defendant’s insurer in case government medical liens not paid)
  • 2011-5(Waiver into Pennsylvania Bar under Pa. Bar Admission Rule 204; what is acceptable to meet criteria under the Rule.)
  • 2011-4(Estate matter; misrepresentation by client to Register of Wills; duty to remedy misrepresentation; what constitutes adequate remediation; duty to other heirs of estate; withdrawal)
  • 2011-3(Joint defendants, conflict of interest, inadequate waiver of potential conflict, duty to withdraw, candor to the tribunal. Rule 1.7)
  • 2011-2 (Private Opinion)
  • 2011-1(Obligation to pay fee to attorney when representation is terminated due to attorney’s conflict; client tries to withdraw consent to fee splitting.)
  • 2010-14 (Serving on Pennsylvania Wage Appeals Board when firm litigates against the agency and other Commonwealth agencies on a regular basis.)
  • 2010-13 No Opinion Issued
  • 2010-12 (Solicitation of clients for referral to lawyers through a consulting group hired by doctors.)
  • 2010-11 See Joint Opinion 2011-100
  • 2010-10 (private Opinion)
  • 2010-9 (Proposed guidelines by insurance carrier for handling litigation—all unacceptable.)
  • 2010-8 (Advertising Issue—Request withdrawn, no opinion issued.)
  • 2010-7 (Fee splitting with an out of state firm that has part non-lawyer ownership.)
  • 2010-6 (Use of electronic communications in solicitation of clients; Rule 7.3)
  • 2010-5:(Private Opinion )
  • 2010-4 (Issues regarding use of contract lawyers; client notification, supervision, malpractice insurance)
  • 2010-3 (Ethical issues surrounding appointment of guardian ad litems and child advocates in family court)
  • 2010-2 (Executrix refuses to allow required disclosures by attorney--attorney's duties)
  • 2010-1 (Client directs attorney not pay arbitrator in UM arbitration--what attorney should do.)