Skip to main content
ABA Remote Work Guide Raises Bar For Atty Tech Know-How
Law360 (2021)
  • Barry R. Temkin
  • Jennifer Goldsmith
On March 10, 2021, the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility issued its Formal Opinion 498, which contains timely guidance on ethical issues specific to working remotely, which many lawyers have found themselves doing during the Coronavirus Pandemic.    ABA Ethics Opinion 498 outlines ethical issues specific to remote law practice, including lawyers’ ethical duties of competence, confidentiality and supervision, which are imposed by Rules 1.1, 1.6, 5.1 and 5.3 of the ABA Model Rules of Professional Responsibility.  The new ABA ethics opinion actually contains a relatively modest amount of new information, and synthesizes principles which have been articulated by both the ABA and state bar ethics committees over the past several years, including New York County Lawyers Association Formal Opinion 754-2020  and California State Bar Formal Opinion No. 2020-203,  both of which provide helpful guidance for lawyers seeking to maintain traditional ethical values of confidentiality and competence in an era of rapid technological change.  
  • cybersecurity,
  • cyber,
  • cyber for law firms,
  • legal ethics,
  • law firm technology
Publication Date
April 5, 2021
Citation Information
Barry R. Temkin and Jennifer Goldsmith. "ABA Remote Work Guide Raises Bar For Atty Tech Know-How" Law360 (2021)
Available at: