Lawyer Ethics, Risk Management and Regulation

  • Our Legal Profession Team exists to help lawyers, law firms and legal departments to do what they do best – practice law for their own clients – without running unnecessary civil, ethical and criminal risk.
  • We have an in-depth understanding of the full range of problems that can and do plague lawyers in all forms and types of practices and how best to avoid problems before they start or resolve them before they escalate.
  • Our breadth of experience and access to our colleagues in a broad array of practice areas allows us to get to the heart of almost any problem in minimal time.

With its focus on advising lawyers, law firms and legal departments to operate safely, efficiently and effectively, our Legal Profession Team is among the largest and most respected in the country. We help lawyers understand and navigate the situations involving the full range of their professional responsibilities in a practical, results-oriented and timely approach, and we assist clients in identifying, reviewing and circumventing unfavorable conditions before problems even begin.

Leveraging our team's deep litigation experience and insight into the law of the legal profession, we also represent our clients in disqualification motions, sanctions, attorney-client privilege disputes and conflict issues. For matters in which we are not counsel of record, we also provide expert testimony.

Holland & Knight's Legal Profession Team is a proud partner of the Lloyd's of London Evolution Program. This program provides an innovative, risk management-driven relationship between law firms experiencing difficulty achieving favorable professional liability insurance in the highly regarded London market. Our risk management attorneys work with these firms throughout a policy year to improve the risk profile. We also perform similar work with and for lawyers and firms insured by many other insurers and brokers.

Our experienced professional responsibility attorneys are also prolific authors and lecturers who have co-authored seminal texts in this important area, including The Law of Lawyering and Legal Malpractice, 2014 and 2015 editions. We are seasoned attorneys in the legal professional responsibility and ethics fields with an in-depth understanding of the art and science of lawyering.

Professional Responsibility Strength in Your Corner

We have extensive resources to handle your legal ethics, risk management and disciplinary defense matters. Our team has a substantial background representing law firms of all sizes, in-house legal departments at Fortune 100 companies, state bar and governmental bodies, government officials, election authorities and high-profile attorneys. We regularly assist clients in international, national and local matters.

Keeping Clients Current through Private Presentations

In the course of our many annual CLE presentations, we have learned  that it can be difficult or impossible for an audience member with a specific set of questions or issues to ask about them at a public CLE.

Our team therefore offers legal ethics and lawyer risk management CLE presentations on a private, in‐house or law firm‐specific basis. This enables the audience to speak freely to us and enables our team to focus the program on whatever topics the audience most wants addressed. In addition, lawyer travel time, related costs and disruption are minimal because we hold presentations at our clients' offices or by video conference.

We have developed the following programs:

View descriptions of our Legal Ethics and Risk Management programs for law firms.

View descriptions of our Legal Ethics and Risk Management programs for in-house corporate and government counsel.

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