Lawrence J. Fox on Ethics


Lawrence J. Fox
Partner Drinker, Biddle & Reath, LLP
Crawford Lecturer Yale Law School
Philadelphia, PA



January 26, 2012

Working with Expert Witnesses

As all trial lawyers know, expert witnesses can be vital to your case. Finding them is not usually a problem but getting the most out of them can be. Listen as Larry Fox gives advice for best practices in working with experts.

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October 12 , 2011

Who's in Charge?

Some clients believe that they are in charge of every aspect of a case. But is that true? Listen as Larry Fox clarifies the roles of clients and their lawyers by highlighting Rule 1.2 of the Rules of Professional Conduct.

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September 20 , 2011

Non-Refundable Retainers

If you are looking to charge a client a retainer earned on receipt, you should listen as Larry Fox explains how do to so within the confines of Rule 1.5 of the Professional Rules of Conduct.

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August 24 , 2011

Ethical Issues on Appeal

Generally lawyers do not worry about ethical concerns during the appeals process. Listen as ethics expert Larry Fox highlights several scenarios where potential ethical issues could arise.

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July 12 , 2011

The Ethics of Switching Firms: Tips to Know Before You Go

Thinking about switching firms? Be aware that your ethical obligations may kick in even before your first interview. Listen as Larry Fox, Yale Law School’s Crawford Lecturer at Law in Ethics, and a partner at Philadelphia’s Drinker, Biddle and Reath, LLP, guides you through the jurisdictional variations in the Rules of Professional Conduct, including Rules 1.4, 1.6, 1.7 and 1.10, that apply in this difficult situation.

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March 24, 2011

Fee Sharing Among Law Firms:  The Ethics of Referral Fees

Referring a client with a matter you are not competent to handle may entitle you to a shared referral fee, but be aware of your jurisdiction’s requirements before counting on that fee! Listen carefully as Larry Fox, Crawford Lecturer in Ethics Law at The Yale Law School, and partner at ’s Drinker, Biddle & Reath, LLP, discusses Professional Rules of Conduct 1.1 and 1.5 and the jurisdictional variations requiring disclosure to the client and involvement of the referring lawyer before a fee may be accepted.

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 November 12, 2010

Avoiding Imputations: The Ethics and Operations of Involuntary “Screens”

The use of involuntary “screens” by law firms to avoid the imputation of conflict of interests from a transferring lawyer is currently a matter of debate in state courts.  Listen as Larry Fox, Ethics Lecturer at The Yale Law School and Partner at Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP, Philadelphia, surveys the landscape of permissible voluntary and involuntary “screens” under Model Rules of Professional Conduct 1.10, 1.11 and 1.12, and suggests eight important ways to insure that involuntary “screens” are most effective.


October 13 , 2010

The Ethics of Outsourcing: Let the Supervising Attorney Beware!

Has your client asked you to outsource some aspect of work on the newest case?  Wondering what Rules 5.1, 5.2 and 5.3 of the Model Rules of Professional Conduct require of a lawyer contemplating and supervising an outsourcing relationship?  Listen as Lawrence J. Fox, Ethics Professor at Yale Law School and Partner at Philadelphia’s Drinker, Biddle & Reath, LLP, shares his timely expertise in navigating between appropriate delegation and supervision in the brave new world of outsourcing. 

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July 14, 2010

Conducting Informal Discovery under Rule of Professional Responsibility 4.2

Tempted to conduct informal discovery outside of the usual depositions and interrogatories?  Such informal discovery can be inexpensive and fruitful, but listen as Larry Fox, Crawford Lecturer of Law and Ethics at Yale Law School and partner at the Philadelphia firm of Drinker Biddle & Reath, reviews the significant restrictions that Rule 4.2 of the Rules of Professional Responsibility places on the conscientious investigating lawyer, including situations involving former employees, corporate entity control groups, and privileged information.

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May 12, 2010

How to Keep Your Professional Independence When the Party Paying is Not the Client

Concerned about how to maintain client confidences and protect attorney-client privilege when the party paying the bill is not the client, and may be trying to direct the litigation for the client?  Hear Ethics Professor and Drinker Biddle Partner Larry Fox’s advice on how to navigate these difficult waters, using Model Rules of Professional Responsibility 1.8(f) and 5.4 as your guides.

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April 7, 2010

The Lawyer as a Witness: Advising the Client

Hear Ethics Professor Larry Fox discuss Model Rule of Professional Responsibility 3.7, governing the obligations of the lawyer and his or her law firm to the client when the lawyer must be a witness in the client’s proceedings.

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March 9, 2010

"Former Clients" & the Lawyer's Duty of Loyalty

Lawyers can, within the Rules of Professionals Responsibility, take on matters that are adverse to “former clients.”  But when do clients become “former clients?”  And how is a “substantial relationship” between past matters and prospective matters defined to permit representation adverse to a former client?  Hear Ethics Professor Larry Fox’s guidance on these important questions in this week’s Sound Advice.
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February 9, 2010

Engagement Letters

Using engagement and disengagement letters is critical in creating a good lawyer/client relationship and avoiding liability and accidental clients.  Listen to Drinker Biddle partner and Ethics Professor Larry Fox review best practices for engagement and disengagement.
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January 20, 2010

Preserving Client Confidences: Ethical Obligations and the Attorney-Client Privilege

Want to insure you are keeping your client’s confidences, and protecting your legal advice from unnecessary exposure and forced disclosure? Listen to Drinker Biddle partner and Ethics Professor Larry Fox review key steps to preserving confidential information.

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