We understand the business issues and work relationship issues that are peculiar to lawyers and law firms. For example, lawyers today rarely stay at one firm their entire career. Our work includes drafting the agreements between lawyers and firms that protect the interests of both parties and prepare for the inevitable. When that time comes, and with the utmost discretion, we assist lawyers and whole practice groups to navigate potential land mines when leaving their existing firms.
When disputes do arise, we assist in resolution through mediation and negotiation. We always seek all opportunities to pursue dispute resolution alternatives instead of entering into costly litigation. If the alternative approaches are unsuccessful, we have experience litigating and trying disputes arising out of attorney-firm as well as client relationships.
Contracts, Structuring & Agreements
When attorneys decide to move to another firm, there are a whole host of ethical and legal issues that cannot be ignored. We are often called upon to draft agreements between and among lawyers, including:
- Associate attorney agreements
- Law firm partnership agreements
- Non-equity partner agreements
- Of counsel agreements
- Operating agreements
- Shareholder agreements
Dispute Resolution & Professional Liability
We mediate and litigate matters involving a variety of law professional disputes, including those involving:
- Attorney fee disputes
- Breach of fiduciary duty
- Lateral movement
- Law firm dissolution
- Partner withdrawal
We also represent professionals before oversight/regulatory agencies in several states and regularly represent law firms and partners concerning admission, withdrawal, structuring and governance issues.