It’s one thing to write about the ethics rules relating to leaving a law firm, as I did at this post. But the way that a law firm should treat a departing attorney and shared clients in theory and the way that things actually work in practice are often entirely different realities, as this post by Greatest American Lawyer demonstrates. GAL’s post reports that he’s been sued by his former firm over fees associated with a matter that GAL handled at his former firm. The firm initially tried to steal the case when GAL left the firm by inaccurately advising the client that she had no option but to use a new lawyer from the firm. The ethics rules require that firms and departing lawyers advise clients of their right to select which attorney to use.
For more details on the status of the claim and on GAL’s view on how it should be resolved, take a look at the post. GAL, we’re rooting for you!