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Blog: Legal Ethics

  • What is a Motion to Suppress Evidence?

    Jul 19, 2021

    One of the most used criminal defense strategies is to try to get evidence against a client removed from consideration. This is commonly referred to as making a motion to suppress evidence. If the motion is successful, the evidence cannot be used against a defendant. Sometimes, this leads to the case being permanently dropped, especially if all pieces of evidence are thrown out. When a dismissal of evidence leads to the end of a case...
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  • What are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Plea Bargaining?

    May 12, 2021

    When a person is charged with a crime, they are faced with many choices. In many cases, the defendant that is accused of a crime has the opportunity to enter into a plea bargain. A lawyer can help guide the defendant throughout this process. There are advantages and disadvantages of entering into a Benefits of Plea Bargaining If the person accused of the crime was involved or did commit the crime, there will b...
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  • What is a Conflict of Interest?

    Jul 28, 2020

    Any professional can run into a conflict of interest. For lawyers, a conflict of interest is a serious matter that could lead to disbarment, discipline, or even a malpractice lawsuit. Consequently, attorneys must pay careful attention to their decisions. Quite simply, conflicts of interest are when lawyers are put into ethical dilemmas. Legal professionals are held to high standards and must follow rules of The It should be noted that conflicts of interes...
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  • What Is Legal Malpractice?

    Feb 11, 2020

    Sometimes, a client may decide that they no longer want to work with their attorney; they may even accuse their lawyer of not practicing How Does the Law Define Legal Malpractice? A court generally will not rule in favor of a plaintiff accusing a lawyer with legal malpractice unless four elements have been met. First, a breach of legal duty must be demonstrated. It also must be proven that there was an attorney-client relationship...
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  • Attorney Disciplinary Cases

    Sep 18, 2019

    The Rules of Professional Conduct are set forth in the Rules Governing the Courts of the State of New Jersey. The disciplinary process for attorneys who allegedly violate the Rules of Professional Conduct is articulated in the Conduct and Practice of the Law sections of the New Jersey Rules of Court. In most disciplinary cases, the disciplinary process begins with the filing of a grievance. Generally, the grievance will be investigated by the local ethic...
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  • Attorneys as Clients: An Overview of the Attorney Disciplinary Process

    Oct 18, 2017

    From time to time, attorneys need counsel of their own. Faced with a grievance filed by a client or a complaint filed by the Office of Attorney Ethics alleging a violation of the Rules of Professional Conduct (“RPCs”), a member of the bar may be put in a position where independent legal advice is crucial. This post is designed to offer some background on the process of attorney disciplinary proceedings, an area of law tha...
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  • South Jersey Legal Ethics Lawyers – Playboy Enterprises Legal Malpractice Suit

    Jun 1, 2015

    Playboy Enterprises has been hit with a six million dollar jury verdict in Catherine Zulfer, formerly Playboy’s Controller, testified that her employment was terminated because she refused to accumulate one million dollars in discretionary bonuses for executives before they had been approved by Playboy’s Board. The jury ruled in Zulfer’s favor, saying that Zulfer’s termination for her protected reports under SOX was an unlawful retaliation. In addition, by terminating Zulfer’s employment, Playboy violated publi...
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