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Leaks, Lies, and the Moonlight: Fiduciary Duties of Associates to Their Law Firms


Susan Saab Fortney


Hofstra University School of Law

February 12, 2010

St. Mary's Law Journal, Vol. 41, No. 4
Texas Tech Law School Research Paper No. 2010-17

Abstract:     
This symposium article examines the fiduciary duties of law firm associates. After applying agency principles to the firm-associate relationship, the article analyzes specific duties and discusses cases involving alleged breaches of fiduciary duties by associates. It explores associate duties in the current legal, organizational, and socio-technological environment in which associates practice. The article closes with observations on the importance of firm principals considering the effect of firm culture on associate attitudes and conduct.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 23

Keywords: law firm, associate culture, fiduciary duty, confidentiality, electronic communications, business entities

JEL Classification: K19

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Date posted: February 16, 2010 ; Last revised: July 24, 2010

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Fortney, Susan Saab, Leaks, Lies, and the Moonlight: Fiduciary Duties of Associates to Their Law Firms (February 12, 2010). St. Mary's Law Journal, Vol. 41, No. 4; Texas Tech Law School Research Paper No. 2010-17. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1552175

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