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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Q. Exempting us from stay-at-home orders designed to keep people healthy, some states let lawyers go to the office to provide “essential” services. Are we really “essential” or are they just trying to kill us? A. If we want to maintain a healthy society, lawyers are more “essential” than ever. Facing a global pandemic, states must act decisively to save the lives of their citizens. Praised for swift action, popular governors have restricted our freedom…
Q. Since business has slowed, I finally have time to reconcile my trust account. But I haven’t a clue on where to begin. Can you help me? A. Yes. As a matter of fact, now is an ideal time to get a handle on our trust accounts and set things up so that we won’t lose control over them ever again. In addition to a step-by-step online tutorial, I am proud to be featured…
Q. I’m applying for a loan through the federal Paycheck Protection Program. I can probably survive without it, but if I use the funds to pay my staff, the feds will forgive the loan entirely and subsidize my payroll. Are you doing it too? A. No. The first paycheck I want to protect is my own. To apply for “PPP” funds, you must “certify in good faith” that “Current economic uncertainty makes this loan request
​​Q. Hit by the wave of COVID-19 layoffs, my client is desperate for money and calls often to see if her settlement check arrived. It just came in today’s mail, jointly payable to us both. Since I can’t have her visit to endorse it herself, may I sign it for her? A. Without a valid Power of Attorney, or “POA,” your powers as an attorney don’t go that far. As her lawyer, you may represent this client in court,…
Q. I haven’t been infected with COVID-19, but I’m already sick of this virus. My firm isn’t set up for remote work, courts are closed, and I feel paralyzed. Any advice? A. Be thankful for your health. But this pandemic is testing the health of our law firms and of our entire judicial system. Though no one could have foreseen a crisis of this magnitude, a global state of emergency won’t suspend your duty to…
​​Q. Licensed in Maryland and the District of Columbia, I find it challenging to represent consumers and small businesses that can’t afford the legal fees of my competitors. If Maryland puts a tax on legal services, how would that impact my clients and my practice? A. Fortunately for you, Maryland recently followed many other jurisdictions in rejecting proposals to impose a “professional services tax.” But for lawyers in all states, there are important reasons to lobby hard against any future…
Q. After a rear-end crash and two years of treatment, the victim retained me on contingency. Within a week, I sent the liability carrier a strong settlement demand along with $175,000 in medical bills. After getting $300,000 in policy limits, my client says I didn’t do “enough work” to earn a third of it. A deal’s a deal, right? A. Yes, a deal is a deal. But as a lawyer, any deal you cut with a client…
Q. My client from Athens doesn’t speak English. I don’t speak Greek. But her son speaks both languages and, until recently, served as my “liaison.” Now, they’re no longer on speaking terms, and I feel “lost in translation.” What should I do now? A. It is tough enough to convey complex legal concepts to those with a firm command of the English language. Frustrated with a litany of legalese, a client who has lived her…
​​Q. Unable to pay a significant retainer in a divorce case, a client asked if I could help him “behind the scenes” and ghostwrite certain pleadings without entering an appearance. Is that allowed? A. Hmm. If I understand your question correctly, this pro se litigant wants to hire you on a piecemeal basis to draft pleadings for his signature, while concealing your identity and involvement from the Court? In most states, you may. Once upon a time, ghostwriting was universally condemned as a…
​​Q. Every week, consumers and business owners call me with cases that aren’t large enough to justify my fees. I hate turning them away. But what’s the alternative? A. Naturally, you can cut your fee or handle these cases pro bono. But if you do that every week, you’ll find yourself overworked, underpaid and burned out. If the value of the case is low enough, litigants may present “small claims” to courts that relax the rules…