“Special” Words to Avoid in Florida Attorney Advertising

When crafting advertising or website content, Florida attorneys of course want to convey their professionalism, skill and legal acumen to clients and prospects. We want people to know that in our field of the law, our experience, training, and talents are such that we are clearly the right choice for someone looking for a lawyer.

Lawyer Selling Practice Can Continue to Practice in Order to Assist Transition, New ABA Opinion Says

A lawyer who sells all or part of his law practice is not barred from continuing to practice law in order to facilitate and assist with the transition, according to a recently released American Bar Association Ethics Opinion.

Florida Lawyers Have Distinct Ethical Duties and Obligations as to Federal Tax and IRS Matters

If part of your Florida law practice involves representing clients before the Internal Revenue Service or if you counsel clients on tax-related matters, you have ethical obligations that are independent of those established by the Florida Bar.

Florida Bar Sanctions: From Admonishment to Disbarment

As all attorneys know, there are a myriad of potential ethics pitfalls that we confront on an almost daily basis. Some transgressions are intentional and nefarious, some a result of carelessness or ignorance. Some leave victims in their wake who have had their freedom or finances compromised, while other ethics violations raise serious questions about […]

When Lawyers Get a Bad Online Review, What Are the Ethical Implications of Responding?

Lawyers, like any business or service provider that has customers and clients, are increasingly finding themselves facing negative online reviews of their skills, performance, or integrity, usually from former clients. Online reviews have proliferated in the past 5-10 years and negative comments on sites like Avvo or Yelp can have a profound impact on a […]

You Can Look at Jurors’ Social Media Accounts – But Don’t Reach Out to Them – Says ABA

As any litigator knows, a trial can be won or lost during jury selection. Thorough and thoughtful voir dire that can glean as much information as possible about potential jurors can significantly increase the odds of a positive result. Once impaneled, a juror’s improper conduct or other evidence of bias can also play a role […]

Non-Lawyer Electronic Signatures Allowed So Long As Lawyer “Reviews and Approves” Filed Document

In 2012, the Supreme Court of Florida amended the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure to require that all documents be filed electronically. With electronically filed documents and pleadings come electronic signatures. As such, the Rules of Judicial Administration were also modified to set forth guidelines for the acceptable form and use of electronic signatures on […]

Concerns About Client Confidentiality in the Cloud

When intimate photos of celebrities were posted online in late August, concerns were once again raised about the security of documents, photos, and other information stored in “the cloud.”  “Cloud computing” is defined as “Internet-based computing in which large groups of remote servers are networked so as to allow sharing of data-processing tasks, centralized data […]

Florida Bar to Consider Extent to Which Lawyers Can Tell Clients to “Clean Up” Social Media Posts

For years, insurance companies and defendants in personal injury lawsuits have used private investigators, surveillance, and other investigatory techniques to gather evidence to discredit a plaintiff’s claims of serious injury. If a picture is taken of plaintiff dancing the night away or mountain biking while all the while claiming that the defendant’s negligence has rendered […]