When Players Change Teams: The Ethical and Legal Ramifications of Attorney Departures


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A slumping economy and the global marketplace have all contributed to a culture of greater employment mobility. It’s increasingly easy and common for attorneys to leave one firm for another but attorney transitions from one firm to another are fraught with complications, both legal and ethical. This explosive CLE course explores the implications of such a transition and the consequences it may have with regards to finances, security, disclosure and accountability. Presented by renowned professional responsibility attorney Ron Minkoff of Frankfurt, Kurnit, Klein & Selz PC, the course will address these issues from three perspectives: that of the partners, that of the firm the attorney is transitioning from and that of the attorney’s new firm.

The course will review:

  • disclosure of conflicts
  • partnership agreements
  • voluntary withdrawal
  • retirement
  • forfeiture of competition clauses including Cohen v. Lord Day & Lord and Denberg v. Parker Chapin
  • financial accountability
  • Model Rule 5.6 (a)(1) (adapted from 2.108 a) and its restrictions on agreements
  • Minority Rule including Howard v. Babcok
  • Notice provision and requirement
  • ABA opinion - 09455

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