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NYSBA Committee on Professional Ethics – Restrictive covenants: Opinion 1151

New York State Bar Association Committee on Professional Ethics Restrictive covenants Right to practice law Ethics Opinion 1151 Background: The inquiring attorney is currently employed by an organization that does not render legal services. As an employee, the inquirer does ...

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NYSBA Committee on Professional Ethics – Solicitations and referrals: Opinion 1150

New York State Bar Association Committee on Professional Ethics Solicitations and referrals Spouses in related business – Real estate Ethics Opinion 1150 Background: The inquiring attorney is a transactional real estate attorney whose spouse is a real estate broker. The ...

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NYSBA Committee on Professional Ethics – Conflict of interest: Opinion 1149

New York State Bar Association Committee on Professional Ethics Conflict of interest Agency shop lawyer – Actions against union members Ethics Opinion 1149 Background: The inquiring attorney represents an agency of New York State in disciplinary proceedings initiated against union-represented ...

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NYSBA Committee on Professional Ethics – Conflict of interest: Opinion 1148

New York State Bar Association Committee on Professional Ethics Conflict of interest Former government lawyer – Private matters involving former employer Ethics Opinion 1148 Background: The inquiring attorney was formerly employed by a county social services agency. He assisted the ...

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NYSBA Committee on Professional Ethics – Attorney advertising: Opinion 1147

New York State Bar Association Committee on Professional Ethics Attorney advertising Use of “Esquire” – Not admitted in New York Ethics Opinion 1147 Background: The inquiring attorney is not licensed to practice in New York, but works for a municipal ...

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NYSBA Committee on Professional Ethics – Contingency fees: Opinion 1146

New York State Bar Association Committee on Professional Ethics Contingency fees Contemporaneous criminal matter – Paying fees from personal injury settlement Ethics Opinion 1146 Background: The inquiring law firm represents clients in personal injury, criminal defense, and other matters. Occasionally, ...

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NYSBA Committee on Professional Ethics – Withdrawal of representation: Opinion 1144

New York State Bar Association Committee on Professional Ethics Withdrawal of representation Time-place restrictions on communication Ethics Opinion 1144 Background:     A court assigned the inquirer to represent an individual who has been charged with several criminal offenses.  Prior to the ...

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NYSBA Committee on Professional Ethics – Conflict of interest: Opinion 1145

New York State Bar Association Committee on Professional Ethics Conflict of interest Litigation financing – Attorney as investor Ethics Opinion 1145 Background: The inquirer is the managing partner of a law firm that represents plaintiffs in commercial litigation.  The inquirer ...

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NYSBA Committee on Professional Ethics – Foreclosure referee: Opinions 1143

New York State Bar Association Committee on Professional Ethics Foreclosure referee IOLA account – Sale proceeds Ethics Opinions 1143 Background: The inquiring attorney who is occasionally appointed as a referee to conduct foreclosure sales asks if he may deposit sale ...

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NYSBA Committee on Professional Ethics – Client files stored electronically: Opinion 1142

New York State Bar Association Committee on Professional Ethics Client files stored electronically Former client request hard-copy Ethics Opinion 1142 Background: The inquiring attorney has a litigation practice in which most documents, such as discovery materials and transcripts, are received ...

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NYSBA Committee on Professional Ethics – Conflict of interests: Opinions 1141

New York State Bar Association Committee on Professional Ethics Conflict of interests Imputation – Separate law firms – Co-counsel – Discrete matters Ethics Opinions 1141 Background: The inquiring attorney teaches at a law school in New York and he is ...

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NYSBA Committee on Professional Ethics – Representation of testifying expert witness: Opinion 1140

New York State Bar Association Committee on Professional Ethics Representation of testifying expert witness Conflict of interest Ethics Opinion 1140 Background: The inquiring law firm represents injured workers in workers’ compensation matters. A health care service provider, who has both ...

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