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Fortifying a Law Firm's Ethical Infrastructure: Avoiding Legal Malpractice Claims Based on Conflicts of Interest
St. Mary's Law Journal
  • Susan Saab Fortney, Texas A&M University School of Law
  • Jett Hanna
Document Type
Article
Publication Year
2002
Abstract

This article addresses the prevailing problem of malpractice claims based on conflicts of interest. Part I of this article introduces the topic by underscoring the seriousness of all conflicts of interest and recommending preventative action. Part II describes measures that law firms can take to detect and manage conflicts and analyzes the effect of the firm’s ability to avoid conflicts claims on a firm’s ethical infrastructure. Part III focuses on some of the most common conflicts situations that result in malpractice claims and sanctions. The discussion includes selected conflicts cases that illustrate problems and patterns. Part IV concludes by urging firm manages to reassess the efficiency and long-term benefits of devoting time and resources to conflicts avoidance management.

Num Pages
52
FIle Type
PDF
Citation Information
Susan Saab Fortney and Jett Hanna. "Fortifying a Law Firm's Ethical Infrastructure: Avoiding Legal Malpractice Claims Based on Conflicts of Interest" St. Mary's Law Journal Vol. 33 Iss. 4 (2002) p. 669 - 720
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/susan_fortney/31/