Professional Liability Blog


In-Person Client Meetings and COVID-19

04/12/2021   |   BY Edward S. Cheng

A fellow attorney just circulated a poll to his friends asking, “Are you starting to meet with your clients in... Read More »

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Reminder of Attorneys’ Ethical Obligations When Practicing Remotely

04/24/2020   |   BY Edward S. Cheng

The Pennsylvania Bar Association recently issued an Opinion that gives some reminders of our ethical obligations as attorneys as we... Read More »

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Departure is Such Sweet Sorrow: Leaving Your Law Firm

11/07/2019   |   BY Edward S. Cheng

You may have just been invited to leave your current firm to join a prestigious big firm. Or maybe you... Read More »

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Bankruptcy Court Weighs in on Conflicts of Interest in Business Transactions

01/25/2019   |   BY Christopher R. Blazejewski

A recent decision of the U.S. Bankruptcy for the District of Massachusetts in the adversary proceeding Cruikshank v. Dixon, in... Read More »

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Keep Calm and Carry On – What to Do With a Letter From Bar Counsel

10/31/2018   |   BY Edward S. Cheng

Keep Calm and Carry On – What to Do With a Letter From Bar Counsel Monday morning just got worse.  You... Read More »

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Supreme Judicial Court limits use of in pari delicto defense

10/11/2018   |   BY Edward S. Cheng

In the recent case of Merrimack College v. KPMG, LLP (SJC-12434), the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court cut back on the... Read More »

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The Attorney – Client Relationship 101: Helpful Reminders Before, During and After Representation

09/24/2018   |   BY Sherin and Lodgen

The existence, terms, and scope of an attorney-client relationship are generally straightforward and understood between the parties.  There are times,... Read More »

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How to Withdraw from Representation Ethically in Mass

05/16/2018   |   BY Christopher R. Blazejewski

The saying goes, “Getting married is easy, getting divorced is complicated.” A similar sentiment applies once a lawyer has entered... Read More »

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Stormy and the lawyers: Ethics 101

04/16/2018   |   BY Thomas F. Maffei

The Stormy Daniels-Donald Trump story has political pundits abuzz with charges and countercharges. Who is telling the truth? Is Daniels... Read More »

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Who Can You Talk to Confidentially About a Client Dispute?

03/08/2018   |   BY Christopher R. Blazejewski

A dispute has arisen between you and a client. You are not exactly sure how to handle the situation, so... Read More »

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Corporate Counsel And Duties Beyond The Client published on

02/15/2018   |   BY Christopher R. Blazejewski

Representing closely-held entities can present a challenging array of ethical dilemmas for in-house or outside counsel, especially with regard to... Read More »

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Why Mediation Works (99% of the Time)

12/07/2016   |   BY Thomas F. Maffei

As a mediator, I am not surprised by how much effort lawyers devote to picking the “right” mediator, even though... Read More »