September 01, 2013

Scruples: Interfering with Client Relationships

What can you do under current ethics rules if a rival steals a client?

Michael Downey

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“Nemesis stole our client!” Paradox dropped into the chair opposite Ethox. “This is too much! We have to get Nemesis. Let’s sue! Let’s file an ethics complaint!”

Ethox weighed in quietly, “What did Nemesis do?”

“Nemesis stole our client,” Paradox barked the response.

Ethox again tried a quiet, deliberate voice. “I heard you say that before. But I still don’t know the details of what happened.”

Now Paradox understood. “Remember Lance?” Paradox asked.

“Wasn’t that the client you thought was lying?” Ethox responded.

“Well, yes . . . ,” Paradox was slowing. “It turns out Lance was not lying. In fact, we learned that Lance had a pretty strong case.”

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