Every year thousands of lawyers open their own firms. Whether they are coming straight out of law school or from another firm or public office, these entrepreneurial lawyers face several challenges to maintaining not only a profitable practice but an ethically compliant practice. The following suggestions for avoiding common ethical mistakes when starting out are based on 25 years of advising lawyers on how to comply with the rules of professional conduct—while also, hopefully, enjoying the practice of law. Note that these suggestions discuss the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct (“Model Rules”), but obviously lawyers should review the rules adopted in their own jurisdictions, as rules of professional conduct vary from state to state.
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