Kramer & Connolly

An outgrowth of their work on behalf of professional liability insurance carriers, Kramer & Connolly focus a large portion of their practice to the defense of their fellow attorneys in professional malpractice and disciplinary matters. Combined with significant trial and appellate experience in state and federal courts, this AV-rated litigation firm brings an appreciation for the pressures of law practice and the ethical issues confronting attorneys on a daily basis.

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I’m one of those legal dinosaurs that still keeps handwritten ledgers. Are there specific programs I should use?

A. Yes. And there are lots of excellent programs to choose from.Just run a search of legal practice management software, and you will

Q. I handle criminal cases for one flat fee – start to finish. When must I put the fee in trust and when can I take payments along the way?

A. The answer should be clearly stated in your retainer agreement.Although

Q. Jack Has a General Practice.Without Expertise, He’ll Take What He’ll Please,On Everything under the Sun.Should Jack Forgo Fees, Adopt Specialties,Or Limit His Focus to One?

A. In Lincoln’s day, just about everyone was a Jack-of-All-Trades.Riding the circuit from one courthouse

The Court only suspended him for 60 days. But rather than support a timely reinstatement, Bar Counsel strongly opposed his return to practice after 878 days.

Issue: Sidelined for over two years on what was supposed to be a two-month

Q. As lawyers, we know that “all persons” should be treated equally under the law. Does that apply to “all lawyers” in the attorney grievance process?

A. Legally speaking, yes. In practice? I’m not so sure.While concerns over equal protection

As one law professor wrote, this oral “argument delve[d] into the philosophy of attorney regulation and the appropriate role of disciplinary counsel in a way that few cases do.”

The Court’s upcoming opinion in this case may help to define

Q. I regularly fly to depositions for a client that pays for my time in transit. If I work on another client’s case during the flight, may I bill that time as well?

A. Before researching this issue, I would

Q. I’ve always heard that referral fees are forbidden. But I know lawyers who routinely refer cases for a share of the profit, even if they’re not licensed where the cases are pending. Isn’t this unethical?

A. Not if you do

Testifying before the Maryland Court of Appeals, Judge Alan Wilner and Irwin Kramer debate the merits of proposals to reform the attorney disciplinary process.

Issue: Should the Court reform the disciplinary process to enhance its fairness to the attorneys charged

Observing that the attorney’s “contributions to the community through his pro bono legal service and his other volunteer efforts have been exceptional,” the Court rejected Bar Counsel’s request for a suspension and held “that the mitigating factors in this case