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David A. Lewis Law PLLC
A New York City Area Legal Ethics Law Firm

Shining A Light On The Gray Areas

EthicsLaw school teaches you a lot of things. But did it teach you what to do when a lawyer leaves your firm and violates the standards of the profession by improperly taking three or four key clients with them? What if you find out deep into a hotly contested litigation that your client has been lying to you, or if you want to withdraw from a case for nonpayment? What if a potential client walks through your doors and wants to sue someone who happens to be an existing client? These are all situations that require an educated and strategic professional approach. David A. Lewis provides legal counsel to firms in New York facing these and other issues, where a misguided response to an ethical challenge could potentially compound the difficulty.

Morals Aren't Always The Same As Legal Ethics

There is nothing "moral" about a requirement that all conflicts waivers be confirmed in writing. Lawyers sometimes wonder why they need to pay someone to be their ethics lawyer. The reasoning generally goes that if you're a good, honest and decent person who doesn't lie, cheat or steal, why would you need to hire someone to tell you the right thing to do? The answer is that there's a difference between morals and legal ethics. You can be a good person and still not know what's ethically required of you by the rules of professional conduct regarding such issues as:

  • Confidentiality
  • Litigation conduct
  • Leaving a firm
  • Inadvertent disclosure
  • Disqualification

Furthermore, some conflicts don't fall neatly into the provenance of one rule or the other. That's why having the perspective of an attorney who is well-versed in ethics counseling is essential.

Learn The Rules

David A. Lewis Law PLLC is a Manhattan law firm that prefers prevention to litigation. Even firms and attorneys who consult with David Lewis for an existing conflict often end up engaging him later as outside counsel to prevent other issues from escalating. To benefit from the perspective of a highly knowledgeable legal ethics attorney, schedule an initial consultation by calling 212-951-1819 or by emailing the firm.

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