With so many lawyers turning solo, it’s surprising how little has been written about the issues that departing attorneys face, such as when you can solicit clients or sharing fees. But this article, Associate Says Ex-Firm Misused His Name on His Web Site, The Connecticut Law Tribune (January 11, 2006) reports on another issue: keeping a departing lawyer’s name up on the website long after he leaves. According to the article, Robert Murphy is suing his former law firm for allegedly continuing to list his name, biographical information and e-mail address on its Web site long after his termination. Murphy claims that the firm’s continued use of his name at its site confused potential clients and directed business from his new solo practice to his former employers.
Just another issue to keep in mind when you leave your firm.