CAL 2009-176 to Present

Opinion # Summary
CAL 2009-176 In a lawsuit prosecuted by Attorney A against Defendant, Client has a statutory right to seek an award of attorney's fees. Attorney B, Defendant's counsel, makes a settlement offer, conditioned on Client's waiver of his statutory right to attorney's fees, that is insufficient to compensate Attorney A for her fees. (1) May Attorney A bar the settlement notwithstanding Client's desire to accept it? (2) Does Attorney B violate any ethical obligation by recommending or conveying the fee-waiver settlement offer in this case? (3) Does Attorney B violate any ethical obligation by recommending or conveying fee-waiver settlement offers in cases generally?
CAL 2009-177 In what manner may an attorney maintain her rights in a charging lien when her former client demands that the attorney endorse a settlement check jointly payable to the client and his current and former attorneys without violating the requirement of rule 4-100 of the California Rules of Professional Conduct that the attorney promptly pay or deliver funds to which the client is entitled?
CAL 2009-178 Is it ethically proper for an attorney who is settling a fee dispute with a client to include a general release and a Civil Code section 1542 waiver in the settlement agreement?  Does the existence of a legal malpractice claim against the attorney alter the ethical propriety of including a general release and section 1542 waiver in the settlement agreement?
CAL 2010-179 Does an Attorney violate the duties of confidentiality and competence he or she owes  to a client by using  technology to transmit  or store confidential  client information  when the technology may be suceptible to unauthorized  access by third parties?
CAL 2011-180 When does an attorney violate rule 4-400 of the California Rules of Professional Conduct by accepting a gift from a client?
CAL 2011-181 May consent under the “no contact” rule of California Rule of Professional Conduct 2-100 be implied, or must it be provided expressly?  If consent may be implied, how is implied consent determined?
CAL 2011-182 1. When at the outset of representation it appears an attorney would need to serve a discovery subpoena for production of documents on another current client of the attorney or the attorney's law firm, may the attorney accept the representation of the new client and serve the discovery subpoena on the current client? 2. If doing so raises a conflict of interest, may the attorney seek informed written consent in order to accept the representation including possible service of the subpoena? 3. What obligations arise if an attorney seeks informed written consent?
CAL 2012-183
May an attorney disclose client confidences to her own attorney to evaluate a wrongful discharge action against her former firm and, in pursuing her claim, may she or her attorney publicly disclose those client confidences?
CAL 2012-184
May an attorney maintain a virtual law office practice (“VLO”) and still comply with her ethical obligations, if the communications with the client, and storage of and access to all information about the client’s matter, are all conducted solely through the internet using the secure computer servers of a third-party vendor (i.e., “cloud computing”)?
CAL 2012-185
In settling a dispute with a former client, may an attorney seek: (1) the former client's written representation that no State Bar complaint has been filed; (2) the former client's representation that he or she has no present intention to file a State Bar complaint; (3) the former client's written contractual agreement not to file a State Bar complaint against the attorney based on matters relating to or arising out of the representation; or (4) the former client's oral agreement not to file a State Bar complaint against the attorney based on matters relating to or arising out of the representation?
CAL 2012-186 Under what circumstances would an attorney's postings on social media websites be subject to professional responsibility rules and standards governing attorney advertising?
CAL 2013-187  Who is entitled to the refund of remaining advanced fees at the end of a case where fees were paid by a non-client?
CAL 2013-188
If an attorney receives from a non-party a confidential written communication between opposing counsel and opposing counsel's client, what should the attorney do if the attorney reasonably believes that the communication may not be privileged because of the crime-fraud exception to the attorney-client privilege?
CAL 2013-189
Has an attorney engaged in deceitful conduct by not alerting opposing counsel of: (A) an apparent material error made by opposing counsel in contract language; or (B) a material change made by the attorney in contract language?
CAL 2014-190
Upon the dissolution of a law firm, what duties does an attorney affiliated with the firm owe to a client on whose behalf he or she provided legal services if the attorney no longer will be representing the client following the dissolution?  How does the fulfillment of those duties differ if the attorney had no connection with or knowledge of the client prior to dissolution of the firm?  Do the steps an attorney may be required to take depend on the nature of the attorney’s position with the firm? 
CAL 2014-191
If an attorney represents an individual as a debtor in a simple, no-asset Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing, while simultaneously representing one or more of the individual’s creditors in unrelated matters, is the attorney required by rule 3-310(C)(3) to obtain informed written consent from both parties?
CAL 2015-192 What information may an attorney ethically disclose to the court to explain her need to withdraw from a representation – particularly in the face of an order to submit to the court, in camera or otherwise, the substance of the attorney-client communications leading to the need to withdraw?
CAL 2015-193
What are an attorney’s ethical duties in the handling of discovery of electronically stored information?
CAL 2015-194 When an attorney is engaged in negotiations on behalf of a client, are there ethical limitations on the statements the attorney may make to third parties, including statements that may be considered “puffing” or posturing?
CAL 2016-195 What duties does a lawyer owe to current and former clients to refrain from disclosing potentially embarrassing or detrimental information about the client, including publicly available information the lawyer learned during the course of his representation?
CAL 2016-196 Under what circumstances is “blogging” by an attorney a “communication” subject to the requirements and restrictions of the Rules of Professional Conduct and related provisions of the State Bar Act regulating attorney advertising?