Eric Cooperstein

Mr. Cooperstein has a solo practice devoted to legal ethics. He defends discipline complaints, provides advisory and expert opinions, and represents lawyers in law firm break-ups.

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This Post is Privileged and Confidential

Email disclaimers should be sparingly used, appear at the beginning rather than the end of the email, and state that information in the email is confidential or privileged only when it really is.

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Ninety-Five

We have talked about the problems with bar associations, wondered whether they are still useful, and suggested ways for them to stay relevant. This is one bar association president's answer.

Networking Strategies for Introverted Lawyers

The introverted lawyer is at risk of malpractice as well as slow intake.

Avoid Ethics Complaints by Taking Notes

Beyond providing a first line of defense against a client's ethics complaint, notes can be helpful in tracking previous conversations with a client.

Small Towns Have Jobs for Young Lawyers

Small towns and rural communities have job opportunities for young lawyers.

The More Things Change, the More Hourly Billing Will Stay the Same

Hourly billing is not going anywhere, despite the latest blawg buzz---and here's why.

Wash That Client Right Out of Your Hair

Knowing when it is time for withdrawal from dysfunctional attorney-client relationships.

Planning For What You Did Last Summer

If you are a first or second-year law student, you cannot afford to return to school in September without a long list of the things you did this summer to better position yourself to ultimately get a job in this tough economy.

Pssst, Buddy—Wanna Buy a Client?

As traditional advertising methods wane, lawyers are getting excited by new methods of attracting clients through the internet. All those potential clients out there, yearning to find the lawyer of their dreams — all they need is a little encouragement. A little channelling. A system of connecting clients with lawyers. And lawyers will be eager to pay to have pre-screened clients sent their way — as long as they do not violate any ethics rules.

A Family and Friends Plan for Your Law Firm

What should you do when friends and family want you to give them legal advice?

Stop Bashing BigLaw

If one read only the solo blawgs, it would seem all large law firms are lumbering, inefficient, selfish behemoths, so knocked off balance by this recession that they are about to keel over and smash their marble conference room tables.

Emailing clients at work: privilege trumps employer policy

When attorneys email clients at work, can an employer's access to those emails destroy attorney-client privilege?

A CLE presenter is born

Recently, I noted on a listserv that one of the cheapest ways to get CLE credits and market oneself at the same time is to teach CLEs. In Minnesota, presenters can receive credit for the time spent preparing the seminar, plus the organizers usually let the presenters attend the rest of the program for free. […]

Facebook ethics: it’s not about Facebook

There is a good deal of postulating in the blogosphere about the types of ethical trouble a lawyer can get into by using social media. The nattering nabobs of negativism warn us to be careful when using social media like Facebook or Twitter, lest we unwittingly disclose client confidences, improperly solicit new clients, or misrepresent […]

Your honor, I move to strike

For the most part, rude or obnoxious behavior between attorneys does not result in an ethics violation. But sometimes, lawyers can just go too far. An excerpt from the Louisiana Supreme Court’s Decision in In re Greenburg (May 5, 2009): “During the hearing, Mr. Greenburg suggested that “some hanky-panky” on the part of Mr. Lewis […]