How Do You Rate Your Lawyer? Lawyers' Responses to Online Reviews of Their Services

4 ST. MARY’S J. LEGAL MAL. & ETHICS ______ (2014)

34 Pages Posted: 1 Feb 2014

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Laurel Rigertas

Northern Illinois University - College of Law

Date Written: December 15, 2013

Abstract

With the proliferation of opportunities for consumers to review a variety of services on the Internet, it is probably only a matter of time until more clients review their attorneys’ services on the Internet. This raises a variety of potential ethical and public policy issues that will be discussed in this article. First, what can attorneys do to try to control their on-line reputations? Second, if a client posts negative comments about an attorney’s services on a public Internet forum, can the attorney respond on that forum without breaching the duty of confidentiality and, if so, how? Finally, when settling a dispute with a client, can an attorney put a provision in a settlement agreement that prohibits a client from posting any reviews of the lawyer’s services on the Internet? This article will address each of these questions in light of normative considerations, the rules governing lawyers’ conduct, clients’ interest in confidentiality and loyalty, lawyers’ reputational interests, and public policy concerns about consumers’ access to accurate information about legal services.

Suggested Citation

Rigertas, Laurel, How Do You Rate Your Lawyer? Lawyers' Responses to Online Reviews of Their Services (December 15, 2013). 4 ST. MARY’S J. LEGAL MAL. & ETHICS ______ (2014), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2388324

Laurel Rigertas (Contact Author)

Northern Illinois University - College of Law ( email )

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DeKalb, IL 60115
United States

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