Is “But-For” Causation In California Legal Malpractice Cases In Jeopardy?
By: Gretchen Carner & Brett Safford California attorneys sued for fraud and intentional torts, as opposed to negligent legal malpractice, may be subjected to a different causation standard after the California Court of Appeal’s recent opinion in Knutson v. Foster (2018) 25 Cal.App.5th 1075. The opinion has caused somewhat of a stir. “But-for” causation and…
The California State Bar’s New Rule Follows a National Trend of Disciplining Attorneys for Discrimination
By: Paige Pembrook The newly revised California Rules of Professional Conduct for attorneys, set to take effect November 1, 2018, include a tougher approach to discrimination, harassment, and retaliation in legal practice that exposes attorneys to State Bar discipline even where there has been no prior court determination of any wrongful conduct. The new rule…
Law Firm Risk Management – Internal Review and Insurance Reporting Obligations
By: Seth Kirby
While the practice of law is a profession, managing a law practice is definitely a business. In addition to their primary responsibility of representing their clients, attorneys must actively manage their office. Depending upon the size of the firm, an attorney may take on this role by themselves, or employ an administrative