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Fortifying a Law Firm's Ethical Infrastructure: Avoiding Legal Malpractice Claims Based on Conflicts of Interest


Susan Saab Fortney


Hofstra University School of Law

Jett Hanna


affiliation not provided to SSRN

October 16, 2002

St. Mary's Law Journal, Vol. 33, No. 4, 2002

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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.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 52

Keywords: legal malpractice, law firms, conflict of interest

JEL Classification: K19

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Date posted: October 19, 2009 ; Last revised: November 12, 2009

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Fortney, Susan Saab and Hanna, Jett, Fortifying a Law Firm's Ethical Infrastructure: Avoiding Legal Malpractice Claims Based on Conflicts of Interest (October 16, 2002). St. Mary's Law Journal, Vol. 33, No. 4, 2002. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1490171

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Susan Saab Fortney (Contact Author)
Hofstra University School of Law ( email )
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