October 17, 2018 Articles

Could Your Law Firm Forfeit Its Fees Due to an Undisclosed Conflict?

The California Supreme Court finds that an undisclosed conflict renders a retainer fee agreement unenforceable, but leaves open quantum meruit recovery

by Michael S. LeBoff

On August 30, 2018, the California Supreme Court issued its much-awaited opinion in the case of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, LLP v. J-M Manufacturing Co., No. S232946 (Cal. Aug. 30, 2018). The Sheppard Mullin opinion is the most impactful opinion the California Supreme Court has issued on the practice of law in years. This is not just a California issue. The opinion has significant ramifications for attorneys everywhere.

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