Attorney Ethics and Professional Conduct
When livelihoods are jeopardized by allegations of malpractice or ethical misconduct, lawyers and law firms call on LSW for careful advice and strategic advocacy. We have a long history of providing informed, discreet and effective counsel to members of the legal community.
LSW has decades of experience advising attorneys facing issues involving potential violations of attorney ethics and rules of professional conduct. We appear on behalf of our professional clients before courts, Congress, regulators, criminal authorities, professional disciplinary authorities, grievance committees and licensing boards. Our deep knowledge of and immersion in the law governing lawyers enables us to develop creative solutions to mitigate risk and minimize disruption to our clients’ practices. We also advise law firms large and small regarding professional conduct issues, including conflicts as well as the ethical duty to report potential misconduct of lawyers at the firm or other lawyers.
LSW represents top-tier law firms and lawyers facing allegations of malpractice and breaches of professional obligations. With our wealth of experience, we quickly identify issues and provide strategic advice, from pre-claim negotiation through defense and resolution. We have also counseled government attorneys in inquiries involving the Office of Professional Responsibility.
LSW frequently represents lawyers in civil and criminal matters. We help our clients resolve fee disputes, partnership disputes, and issues surrounding lateral moves and law firm dissolutions. We have represented counsel in matters involving contempt of court, potential violation of court orders, and disqualification motions. When lawyers are called on to respond to subpoenas or testify at official proceedings, or are otherwise involved in investigations as witnesses, subjects or targets, they often call on our partners to represent their interests and guide them through the thicket of privilege and confidentiality issues specific to our profession.
LSW partners have served on legal ethics committees and lawyer panels for disciplinary committees of the New York state and federal courts. Our partners have been appointed to investigate alleged misconduct by members of the New York State Bar Association.