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Florida Legal Malpractice and Attorney Ethics 2017

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Florida Legal Malpractice and Attorney Ethics is the “go-to” authority on professional responsibility.  The authors—trial attorney Warren R. Trazenfeld and law professors Timothy P. Chinaris and Robert M. Jarvis—provide a highly useful overview of the field and a ready starting point for whenever questions arise.

Chapters 1-13 focus on legal malpractice actions, including prerequisites for suit, defenses, damages, and the use of expert witnesses.  Also included is a primer on malpractice insurance policies and a best practices guide for avoiding legal malpractice claims.

Chapters 14-26 discuss a lawyer’s ethical obligations.  In addition to parsing the history, text, and application of the Florida Supreme Court’s rules (including its new advertising rules), the authors provide a detailed look at the Bar’s disciplinary system.

Written in clear, concise prose and exhaustively footnoted, this new work includes a comprehensive index, table of cases, table of rules and statutes, and a variety of forms
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PART I: LEGAL MALPRACTICE.................................... 1
Chapter 1: Basics........................................................................ 3
1-1      Introduction.................................................................. 3
1-2      Complaint....................................................................... 4
1-3      First Predicate:Attorney’s Employment............... 7
1-3:1      Proof Where Engagement Letter Exists................... 7
1-3:2      Proof Where No Engagement Letter Exists............. 8
1-3:3      Lawyer with Multiple Clients.................................. 10
1-3:4      Requirement of Privity of Contract........................ 11
1-3:5      Exceptions to Privity Requirement........................ 13
1-3:5.1     Insurance Companies............................ 13
1-3:5.2     Third-Party Beneficiaries: Will
Drafting Cases...................................... 15
1-3:5.3     Third-Party Beneficiaries: Non-Will
Drafting Cases...................................... 22
1-3:5.4     Negligent Misrepresentation or Fraud..... 26
1-3:6      Scope of Attorney’s Employment......................... 27
1-4      Second Predicate: Attorney’s Neglect
of a Reasonable Duty......................................................... 29
1-4:1      Failure to Abide by Rules of ProfessionalConduct 30
1-4:2      Failure to Predict Changes in Law......................... 31
1-4:3      Failure to Pursue Specific Parties......................... 31
1-4:4      Refusal to Engage in Futile Acts........................... 32
1-5      Third Predicate:Attorney’s Negligence
as Proximate Cause of Loss.............................................. 32
1-5:1      Necessity of Establishing Lawyer’s Responsibility
for Client’s Loss................................................... 32
1-5:2      Alternative Reasons for Client’s Loss.................... 35
1-5:2.1     Lawyer Followed Client’s Instructions..... 35
1-5:2.2     Client’s Case Lacked Merit.................... 37
1-5:2.3     Client Caused Damages........................ 40
1-5:3      Proximate Cause as Question of Fact or Law........ 41
1-5:4      Use of Expert Testimony to Prove
Proximate Cause.................................................. 43
1-6      Multiple Attorney Representations..................... 44
1-6:1      Liability of Predecessor Counsel........................... 44
1-6:2      Liability of Referring Lawyer.................................. 46
1-7      Vicarious Liability of Insurer for Acts
of Defense Counsel.................................................. 46
1-8      Criminal Cases............................................................ 47
1-9      Bankruptcy Cases..................................................... 50
1-10    Sample Pleadings...................................................... 52
1-10:1    Sample Complaint................................................ 52
1-10:2    Sample Answer with Affirmative Defenses............. 53
1-11    Sample Discovery Demands.................................... 57
1-11:1    Sample Interrogatories (Plaintiff)........................... 57
1-11:2    Sample Request for Production of Documents(Plaintiff)  59
1-11:3    Sample Interrogatories (Defendant)....................... 60
1-11:4    Sample Request for Production of Documents(Defendant)          62
1-12    Other Causes of Action Against
Attorneys.................................................................... 63
Chapter 2:Jurisdiction.............................................................. 67
2-1      Introduction................................................................ 67
2-2      Florida’s Long-Arm Statute..................................... 68
2-3      Due Process Considerations.................................. 69
2-3:1      Providing Legal Services Outside Florida.............. 69
2-3:2      Sending Legal Communications into Florida.......... 70
2-4      Proving Non-Florida Lawyer’s
Amenability to Suit..................................................... 76
Chapter 3: Venue....................................................................... 77
3-1      Introduction................................................................ 77
3-2      Connection Between Injury and Forum................ 77
3-3      Means for Determining Proper Forum................. 78
3-3:1      Last Necessary Event........................................... 78
3-3:2      Compulsory Counterclaims................................... 80
3-3:3      Theory of Case.................................................... 81
3-4      Remedy for Improper Venue................................... 81
3-5      Sample Motion to Transfer
for Improper Venue.................................................. 81
Chapter 4: Defenses................................................................... 83
4-1      Introduction................................................................ 83
4-2      Estoppel...................................................................... 83
4-3      Comparative Negligence.......................................... 92
4-4      In Pari Delicto and Fraud........................................ 93
4-5      Statute of Limitations............................................... 95
4-5:1      Accrual................................................................ 96
4-5:1.1     Transactional Malpractice Cases............ 99
4-5:1.2     Litigational Malpractice Cases.............. 103
4-5:2      Resurrecting, Delaying, and Tolling..................... 111
4-5:3      Tolling Agreements............................................. 114
4-5:3.1     Purpose............................................. 114
4-5:3.2     Sample Tolling Agreement................... 114
4-5:4      Premature Actions.............................................. 117
4-6      Abandonment............................................................. 122
4-7      Judgmental Immunity............................................... 127
4-8      Collectibility............................................................. 131
4-9      Release....................................................................... 134
4-10    Consent...................................................................... 135
4-11    “ROGUE” ATTORNEY...................................................... 136
Chapter 5: Immunities.............................................................. 141
5-1      Introduction.............................................................. 141
5-2      Positional Exemptions............................................. 141
5-2:1      Prosecutors....................................................... 141
5-2:2      Public Defenders............................................... 142
5-2:3      Government Lawyers.......................................... 142
5-2:4      Union Attorneys................................................. 143
5-3      Defamatory Statements by Counsel................... 143
5-3:1      Non-Actionable.................................................. 143
5-3:2      Investigation Exception...................................... 144
Chapter 6:Attorney-Client Privilege......................................... 147
6-1      Introduction.............................................................. 147
6-2      Applicability............................................................... 147
6-3      Exceptions................................................................. 151
6-3:1      Defense............................................................. 151
6-3:2      Common Interest................................................ 151
6-3:3      Crime-Fraud....................................................... 152
6-4      “At Issue” and “Selective
Disclosure” Doctrines............................................ 153
Chapter 7: Expert Testimony.................................................... 157
7-1      Introduction.............................................................. 157
7-2      Pre-Trial Proceedings............................................ 158
7-3      Trial Proceedings.................................................... 158
7-3:1      Expert Testimony Required................................. 158
7-3:2      Expert Testimony Not Required........................... 159
Chapter 8: Jury Instructions..................................................... 163
8-1      Introduction.............................................................. 163
8-2      “Trial Within A Trial”.................................................. 163
8-3      Drafting Jury Instructions.................................... 165
8-3:1      General Instructions............................................ 165
8-3:2      Specific Instructions........................................... 166
Chapter 9: Damages................................................................. 169
9-1      Introduction.............................................................. 169
9-2      Compensatory Damages......................................... 169
9-2:1      Speculative Damages......................................... 170
9-2:2      Set-Offs............................................................ 171
9-3      Attorneys’ Fees........................................................ 172
9-4      Pre-Judgment Interest............................................ 173
9-5      Punitive Damages...................................................... 174
9-6      Non-Economic Damages........................................... 176
Chapter 10:Assignments......................................................... 179
10-1    Introduction.............................................................. 179
10-2    Express Assignments.............................................. 179
10-3    Implied Assignments................................................ 183
10-4    Assignment of Proceeds........................................ 184
Chapter 11: Arbitration............................................................. 187
11-1    Introduction.............................................................. 187
11-2    Public Policy Considerations................................ 187
11-3    Construing Agreements......................................... 188
Chapter 12: Insurance.............................................................. 191
12-1    Introduction.............................................................. 191
12-2    Purchasing a Policy................................................. 192
12-2:1    Availability......................................................... 192
12-2:2    Cost.................................................................. 192
12-2:3    Application........................................................ 193
12-3    Common Policy Provisions..................................... 193
12-3:1    Declarations Page.............................................. 194
12-3:2    Insuring Agreement............................................. 195
12-3:3    Definitions......................................................... 195
12-3:4    Exclusions......................................................... 196
12-3:5    Conditions......................................................... 197
12-3:6    Potential Claims................................................. 197
12-3:7    Duty to Cooperate.............................................. 200
12-4    Other Protection Methods.................................... 200
Chapter 13: Prevention............................................................. 203
13-1    Introduction.............................................................. 203
13-2    Likelihood of Being Sued........................................ 203
13-3    Screening Prospective Clients............................. 206
13-4    Managing Attorney-
Client Relationships................................................ 206
13-4:1    Issues Beyond Lawyer’s Control.......................... 206
13-4:2    Issues within Lawyer’s Control............................. 207
13-4:2.1    Competence....................................... 207
13-4:2.2    Counseling......................................... 208
13-4:2.3    Diligence............................................ 208
13-4:2.4    Communications................................. 209
13-4:2.5    Fees................................................... 209
13-4:2.6    Conflicts of Interest............................. 210
13-5    Starting, Declining, and Ending Client Engagements  211
13-5:1    Engagement Letters........................................... 211
13-5:2    Non-Engagement Letters.................................... 212
13-5:3    Disengagement Letters....................................... 212
13-5:4    Sample Letters................................................... 213
13-5:4.1    Sample Engagement Letter.................. 213
13-5:4.2    Sample Non-Engagement Letter........... 215
13-5:4.3    Sample Disengagement Letter............. 216
PART II ATTORNEY ETHICS..................................... 217
Chapter 14: Overview............................................................... 219
14-1    Introduction.............................................................. 219
14-2    Rules of Professional Conduct........................... 220
14-2:1    History............................................................... 220
14-2:2    Format............................................................... 221
14-2:3    Applicability....................................................... 222
14-3    Criminal Law............................................................... 222
14-4    Oath of Admission.................................................... 224
14-5    Professionalism Standards.................................. 224
14-6    Ethics Opinions.......................................................... 226
14-6:1    Availability......................................................... 226
14-6:2    Types................................................................ 227
14-6:2.1    Informal Opinions................................ 227
14-6:2.2    Formal Opinions................................. 229
14-6:3    Appeals............................................................. 230
14-6:4    Effect................................................................ 232
14-7    Advertising and Solicitation Opinions................. 232
14-7:1    Availability......................................................... 232
14-7:2    Types................................................................ 233
14-7:2.1    Informal Opinions................................ 233
14-7:2.2    Formal Opinions................................. 235
14-7:3    Appeals............................................................. 236
14-7:4    Effect................................................................ 238
Chapter 15: Advertising and Solicitation.................................. 239
15-1    Introduction.............................................................. 239
15-2    Advertising Rules.................................................... 239
15-2:1    Former Rules..................................................... 239
15-2:2    Current Rules..................................................... 246
15-2:2.1    Definitions.......................................... 246
15-2:2.2    Applicability........................................ 247
15-2:2.3    Paying for Advertising......................... 248
15-2:2.4    Required Content................................ 248
15-2:2.5    Presumptively Valid Content................ 249
15-2:2.6   Deceptive and Inherently
Misleading Ads................................... 250
15-2:2.7    Potentially Misleading Ads.................. 254
15-2:2.8    Unduly Manipulative or Intrusive Ads.... 255
15-2:2.9   Direct Communications with
Prospective Clients.............................. 256
15-2:2.10  Web Sites and Digital Media................ 259
15-2:3    Advertising Review Procedures........................... 261
15-2:3.1    Filing Requirements............................. 261
15-2:3.2    Filing Exemptions............................... 263
15-3    Solicitation Rules..................................................... 263
15-4    Lawyer Referral Services.................................... 265
15-5    Lawyer Directories................................................. 267
Chapter 16:Attorney-Client Relationship.................................. 269
16-1    Introduction.............................................................. 269
16-2    Formation................................................................... 269
16-2:1    Nature................................................................ 270
16-2:2    Prospective Clients............................................ 271
16-3    Client Identity............................................................ 273
16-3:1    Business Entities................................................ 275
16-3:2    Estates and Trusts............................................. 278
16-3:3    Insurers and Insureds.......................................... 279
16-3:4    Governmental Agencies...................................... 280
16-4    Authority and Decision-Making.............................. 281
16-4:1    Client Decisions................................................. 282
16-4:2    Lawyer Decisions............................................... 283
16-4:3    Scope of Representation.................................... 284
16-5    Communicating with Clients.................................... 285
16-5:1    Organizational Clients......................................... 288
16-5:2    Jointly Represented Clients................................. 289
16-6    Disabled Clients....................................................... 289
16-7    Termination................................................................ 291
16-7:1    Mandatory Withdrawal........................................ 292
16-7:2    Permissive Withdrawal........................................ 294
16-7:3    Withdrawal from Litigated Matters....................... 295
16-7:4    Post-Withdrawal Duties....................................... 297
16-8    Interfering with Another’s
Attorney-Client Relationship................................ 299
Chapter 17:Attorneys’ Fees..................................................... 301
17-1    Introduction.............................................................. 301
17-2    Fee Agreements........................................................ 301
17-2:1    Contents............................................................ 301
17-2:2    Interpretation...................................................... 302
17-2:3    Modification....................................................... 303
17-2:4    Arbitration Clauses............................................. 303
17-3    Impermissible Fees................................................... 304
17-3:1    Illegal Fees........................................................ 304
17-3:2    Prohibited Fees.................................................. 305
17-3:3    Clearly Excessive Fees....................................... 305
17-3:4    Fees Generated Through Improper
Advertising or Solicitation................................... 308
17-3:5    Other Limitations................................................ 309
17-4    Non-Contingent Fee Arrangements...................... 309
17-4:1    Hourly Fees....................................................... 309
17-4:2    Flat Fees........................................................... 311
17-4:3    Non-Refundable Fees......................................... 311
17-4:4    Fees for Non-Lawyer Assistants.......................... 312
17-5    Contingent Fee Arrangements.............................. 312
17-5:1    Definition........................................................... 312
17-5:2    Minimum Requirements....................................... 313
17-5:3    Contingent Fees in Specified Tort Cases............. 316
17-5:4    Prohibited Contingent Fees................................. 320
17-5:4.1    Domestic Relations Matters................. 320
17-5:4.2    Criminal Defense Matters..................... 321
17-5:5    Contingent Fees Upon Discharge........................ 322
17-5:5.1    Discharge Without Cause.................... 322
17-5:5.2    Discharge for Cause........................... 324
17-5:6    Contingent Fees Upon Withdrawal....................... 325
17-5:7    Structured Settlements....................................... 328
17-6    Fee Collection.......................................................... 329
17-6:1    Security Measures.............................................. 329
17-6:2    Credit Cards....................................................... 331
17-6:3    Interest.............................................................. 331
17-6:4    Liens................................................................. 332
17-6:4.1    Charging Liens.................................... 332
17-6:4.2    Retaining Liens................................... 337
17-6:5    Collection Actions.............................................. 341
17-7    Fee Sharing................................................................ 343
17-7:1    Requirements in Specified Contingent
Fee Tort Cases................................................... 344
17-7:2    Enforcement of Fee Division Agreement............. 346
17-7:3    Sharing Fees with Non-Florida Lawyers................ 347
17-7:4    Sharing Fees with Non-Lawyers........................... 348
17-8    Costs and Expenses................................................ 351
17-8:1    Advances.......................................................... 352
17-8:2    Litigation Funding Companies............................. 353
17-9    Legal Service Plans................................................ 354
Chapter 18: Trust Accounts...................................................... 357
18-1    Introduction.............................................................. 357
18-2    Lawyer’s Duties........................................................ 357
18-2:1    Notification, Delivery, and Accounting................. 358
18-2:2    Disbursement of Uncollected Funds.................... 358
18-2:3    Unidentified Funds and Funds of MissingOwners 359
18-2:4    Confidentiality and Trust Accounts...................... 359
18-2:5    Trust Funds Claimed by More Than One Person... 360
18-3    IOTA Program............................................................. 361
18-4    Required Record sand Procedures.................... 362
Chapter 19: Conflicts of Interest............................................... 365
19-1    Introduction.............................................................. 365
19-2    Frequency.................................................................. 365
19-3    Current Clients........................................................ 367
19-3:1    “Directly Adverse” Conflicts................................ 368
19-3:2    “Materially Limited” Conflicts............................... 370
19-3:3    “Personal Interest” Conflicts................................ 371
19-3:3.1    Financial Interests............................... 372
19-3:3.2    Non-Financial Interests........................ 374
19-3:4    Third-Party Fee Payment..................................... 375
19-3:5    Representation Despite Conflict.......................... 376
19-3:5.1  Adequate Representation
of Each Client....................................... 376
19-3:5.2  Representation Not Prohibited
by Law................................................. 378
19-3:5.3  Asserting Adverse Positions in Same Proceeding           379
19-3:5.4  Informed Consent Confirmed
in Writing.............................................. 379
19-4    Former Clients.......................................................... 381
19-4:1    “Same” or “Substantially Related” Matter.............. 383
19-4:2    Confidential Information...................................... 388
19-4:3    Representation Despite Conflict.......................... 390
19-4:3.1    Informed Consent............................... 390
19-4:3.2    Changed Circumstances
or Withdrawn Consent........................ 391
19-4:4    “Hot Potato” Doctrine......................................... 392
19-5    Prospective Clients................................................. 393
19-6    Business Dealings with Clients............................. 394
19-6:1    Requirements..................................................... 394
19-6:2    Exception.......................................................... 396
19-6:3    Prohibited Transactions...................................... 396
19-7    Acquiring Interest in
Client’s Cause of Action or Subject
Matter of Litigation................................................. 398
19-8    Gifts from Clients.................................................... 399
19-9    Literary or Media Rights in Client’s Story......... 401
19-10  Financial Assistance to Clients............................ 401
19-10:1  Prohibited Assistance......................................... 401
19-10:2  Permitted Assistance.......................................... 404
19-11  Insurance Representation..................................... 406
19-11:1  Statement of Insured Client’s Rights.................... 407
19-11:2  Staff Counsel..................................................... 408
19-12  Lawyers Related by Blood, ADOPTION,
or Marriage............................................................... 409
19-13  Aggregate Settlements......................................... 410
19-14  Waiving or Settling Legal
Malpractice Claims.................................................. 411
19-15  Sexual Relationships with Clients....................... 411
19-16  Government Lawyers.............................................. 412
19-16:1  Former Government Lawyers............................... 412
19-16:2  Current Government Lawyers............................... 414
19-17  Judges and Other Adjudicative Officers........... 414
19-17:1  While Serving..................................................... 415
19-17:2  After Serving...................................................... 415
19-18  Imputation of Conflicts.......................................... 416
19-18:1  Imputing Conflicts within Law Firms..................... 416
19-18:2  Definition of a “Firm”.......................................... 417
19-18:3  Lawyers “Associated” in a Firm............................ 418
19-18:4  “Of Counsel” Lawyers......................................... 419
19-18:5  Co-Counsel........................................................ 420
19-18:6  Screening to Avoid Imputation............................ 420
19-18:6.1  Lawyers Moving Between Private
Firms.................................................... 420
19-18:6.2  Prospective Clients............................. 422
19-18:6.3  Government Practice........................... 423
19-18:6.4  Former Judges and Other
Adjudicative Officers........................... 424
19-18:6.5  Non-Lawyers....................................... 424
19-19  Disqualification........................................................ 425
19-19:1  Standing............................................................ 426
19-19:2  Criteria............................................................... 427
19-19:3  Mechanics......................................................... 428
Chapter 20:Confidentiality....................................................... 429
20-1    Introduction.............................................................. 429
20-2    Understanding Confidentiality............................. 429
20-2:1    Confidentiality and Privilege Distinguished.......... 429
20-2:2    Confidential Information Defined......................... 432
20-3    Maintaining Confidentiality.................................... 433
20-3:1    Non-Disclosure.................................................. 434
20-3:2    Non-Use............................................................ 437
20-3:3    Special Situations.............................................. 438
20-3:3.1    Multiple Clients................................... 438
20-3:3.2    Prospective Clients............................. 441
20-3:3.3    Former Clients.................................... 441
20-4    Mandatory Exceptions........................................... 443
20-4:1    Future Crime...................................................... 444
20-4:2    Death or Substantial Bodily Harm........................ 445
20-4:3    Court Orders...................................................... 446
20-5    Permissive Exceptions............................................ 446
20-5:1    Client’s Interest................................................... 447
20-5:2    Lawyer’s Interest................................................. 449
20-6    Use of Technology in Law Practice..................... 452
Chapter 21: Advocacy.............................................................. 457
21-1    Introduction.............................................................. 457
21-2    Competence............................................................... 457
21-3    Diligence..................................................................... 460
21-4    Meritorious Claims and Defenses........................ 461
21-5    Assisting Clients in Improper Activities.............. 463
21-6    Candor Towards the Court................................... 464
21-6:1    False Statements or Evidence............................. 465
21-6:2    Lawyer’s Discretion in Offering Evidence............. 468
21-6:3    Criminal or Fraudulent Conduct........................... 468
21-6:4    Adverse Legal Authority...................................... 469
21-6:5    Ex Parte Proceedings......................................... 469
21-6:6    Duration of Lawyer’s Duties................................ 470
21-7    Litigation Misconduct.............................................. 470
21-7:1    Disruptive Conduct............................................. 470
21-7:2    Disobeying Court Rules and Orders.................... 471
21-7:3    Fabricating or Obstructing Access to Evidence.... 472
21-7:4    Discovery Abuses.............................................. 474
21-7:5    Improper Argument............................................. 475
21-8    Witness Compensation............................................ 477
21-8:1    Fact Witnesses.................................................. 479
21-8:2    Expert Witnesses............................................... 479
21-9    Lawyer as Witness................................................... 479
21-9:1    Necessary Witness on Behalf of Client................ 480
21-9:2    Relevance of Conflict of Interest Rules................ 482
21-9:3    Pre-Trial and Post-Trial Proceedings.................... 483
21-9:4    Exceptions........................................................ 483
21-9:5    Imputed Disqualification of Law Firm................... 484
21-10  Prosecutor’s Duties................................................ 485
21-11  Trial Publicity............................................................ 486
21-12  Non-Adjudicative Proceedings............................. 487
21-13  Pro Bono and Public Service Activities............... 488
21-13:1  Membership in Legal Services Organizations....... 490
21-13:2  Law Reform Activities Affecting Client Interests... 490
21-13:3  Accepting Court Appointments........................... 491
Chapter 22:Non-Clients........................................................... 493
22-1    Introduction.............................................................. 493
22-2    Communications with
Represented Persons............................................ 493
22-2:1    Limited Representation Litigants.......................... 495
22-2:2    Organizations..................................................... 496
22-2:3    Governmental Entities......................................... 498
22-2:4    Exceptions........................................................ 499
22-2:4.1    Based on Rule.................................... 499
22-2:4.2    Based on Comment............................ 500
22-2:4.3    Based on Case Law............................ 501
22-2:5    Punishment........................................................ 501
22-3    Communications with
Unrepresented Persons........................................ 502
22-3:1    Limited Representation Parties............................ 504
22-3:2    Witnesses.......................................................... 504
22-4    Communications with Judges................................. 505
22-4:1    Improper Influence.............................................. 505
22-4:2    Ex parte Contacts............................................... 506
22-5    Communications with Jurors................................. 509
22-6    Fairness to Opponents and Others..................... 511
22-6:1    Truthfulness....................................................... 511
22-6:2    Respect............................................................. 513
22-6:3    Threatening Criminal or Disciplinary Action........... 514
22-6:4    Handling Evidence of a Crime............................. 515
22-7    Evaluation for Use by Third Parties................... 517
22-8    Lawyer as Third-Party Neutral............................. 518
Chapter 23: Law Firms............................................................. 521
23-1    Introduction.............................................................. 521
23-2    Independence of Professional Judgment......... 521
23-3    Authorized Business Entities................................. 522
23-3:1    Qualification, Employment, and Disqualification of Principals       523
23-3:2    “Virtual” Law Practices........................................ 524
23-4    Firm Names................................................................. 525
23-5    Personnel.................................................................. 527
23-5:1    Partners............................................................. 527
23-5:2    Associates......................................................... 528
23-5:3    Non-Lawyer Assistants....................................... 529
23-6    Restrictions on Right to Practice........................ 530
23-7    Non-Legal Services.................................................. 533
23-8    Leaving or Dissolving a Law Firm......................... 535
23-9    Sale of a Law Practice............................................ 537
Chapter 24: Unlicensed Practice of Law.................................... 539
24-1    Introduction.............................................................. 539
24-2    Regulatory Methods............................................... 539
24-3    “Practice of Law”...................................................... 540
24-3:1    Definition........................................................... 540
24-3:2    UPL by “Holding Out”......................................... 542
24-3:3    Assisting UPL.................................................... 543
24-3:4    UPL by Suspended or Disbarred
Florida Lawyers.................................................. 543
24-4    Multi-Jurisdictional Practice.................................. 544
24-4:1    Outbound.......................................................... 544
24-4:2    Inbound............................................................. 545
24-5    UPL Bar Prosecutions............................................. 547
Chapter 25:Disciplinary System.............................................. 549
25-1    Introduction.............................................................. 549
25-2    Statistics.................................................................... 549
25-3    Standards of Conduct........................................... 550
25-4    Types of Misconduct............................................... 551
25-4:1    Violating or Assisting in Violating RPC................ 551
25-4:2    Criminal Acts...................................................... 551
25-4:3    Conduct Involving Dishonesty, Fraud,
or Misrepresentation........................................... 553
25-4:4    Conduct Prejudicial to Administration
of Justice.......................................................... 553
25-4:5    Implying Ability to Influence Officials................... 554
25-4:6    Assisting Judges in Ethical Violations................. 555
25-4:7    Failing to Respond to Bar Inquiry........................ 555
25-4:8    Failing to Pay Child Support............................... 555
25-4:9    Sexual Relations with Clients............................... 556
25-4:10  Bar Admissions and Disciplinary Matters............. 556
25-4:10.1  Bar Admissions.................................. 556
25-4:10.2  Disciplinary Matters............................. 558
25-5    Reporting Misconduct............................................. 558
25-6    Initial Inquiry and Action......................................... 561
25-7    Grievance Committee Procedures....................... 563
25-8    Board of Governors Procedures....................... 566
25-9    Florida Supreme Court Procedures................... 567
25-9:1    Referee Hearing Procedures............................... 567
25-9:2    Florida Supreme Court Review............................ 569
25-9:3    Other Procedures............................................... 570
25-9:3.1    Emergency Suspension....................... 570
25-9:3.2    Consent Judgment.............................. 571
25-9:3.3    Disciplinary Revocation....................... 571
25-9:3.4   Incapacity Not Related
to Misconduct..................................... 572
25-9:3.5    Reciprocal Discipline........................... 572
25-10  Circuit Court Proceedings..................................... 573
25-11  Confidentiality of Disciplinary
Proceedings.............................................................. 574
25-11:1  Regulations Applicable to The Florida Bar........... 574
25-11:2  Regulations Applicable to Complainants,
Respondents, and Witnesses.............................. 576
25-11:3  Complainant’s Exposure to Civil Liability............. 576
25-12  Diversion.................................................................... 577
25-13  Types of Discipline................................................... 578
25-14  Employment of Disciplined Attorneys................ 580
25-15  Reinstatement and Readmission
Procedures............................................................... 581
25-15:1  Reinstatement.................................................... 581
25-15:2  Readmission...................................................... 583
Chapter 26: Judicial Sanctions................................................. 585
26-1    Introduction.............................................................. 585
26-2    Bases........................................................................... 585
26-3    Attorneys’ Fees........................................................ 588
26-3:1    Pursuant to Statute............................................. 588
26-3:2    Pursuant to Inherent Authority............................. 593
26-3:3    Opportunity to Cure............................................ 593
26-3:4    Amount of Award............................................... 594
26-3:5    Appellate Review................................................ 595
26-4    Striking Pleadings................................................... 596
26-5    Contempt Citations................................................... 597
26-6    Disqualification Orders......................................... 598
26-7    Disciplinary Proceedings....................................... 600
Table of Cases......................................................................... 603
Table of Other Authorities........................................................ 657
Index....................................................................................... 683
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