Eric Cooperstein

Eric Cooperstein

Eric Cooperstein, the "Ethics Maven has a solo practice devoted to representing and consulting with lawyers in a wide variety of legal ethics and law practice conundrums. Eric defends lawyers against ethics complaints, provides advice and expert opinions, and represents lawyers in fee disputes and law firm break-ups. Eric is a frequent CLE presenter, webcaster, and moderator in Minnesota and nationwide on legal ethics and practice management.

Going Really Paperless with iPad Pro and Apple Pencil

If you are trying to go truly paperless, you need to do something about those handwritten notes you sometimes take. The iPad Pro and Pencil provide a digital solution.

Go Rural, Young Lawyer!

In tough economic times like these, some new lawyers may want to open their minds to a different type of risk and go west — or north, or south, or east — to find a job beyond their urban dreams.

This Post is Privileged and Confidential

Attorney-client privilege email disclaimers usually aren't as effective as lawyers think they are. Here are our legal ethics tips for using them.


A discussion about the problems with bar associations, whether they are still useful, and suggested ways for them to stay relevant.

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.

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?

Running a successful law practice is all about getting clients. One way is by building a referral network, a frequent topic on Lawyerist. Another way is by advertising, such as in the yellow pages.

Eric Cooperstein

A Family and Friends Plan for Your Law Firm

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

Eric Cooperstein

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?

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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 […]

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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 […]