Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility

When disciplinary complaints are made against lawyers and law firms, they threaten not only an individual lawyer’s ability to practice law, but also the firm’s capacity to operate effectively. Lowe Stein’s lawyers understand the nature and potential consequences of disciplinary complaints on every level, and we have the practical knowledge and experience to vigorously represent our clients.

Law Firms Organization and Structure

Lowe Stein lawyers have wide ranging experience counseling law firms from creation to dissolution. Our lawyers have advised law firms on all aspects of mergers, lateral hiring, partner separation and law firm compensation structures. Choosing the legal status of a new or existing law firm can be complex. Compensation structures, liability concerns, and tax issues are but a few of the matters that need to be weighed in making the appropriate business model selection. Whatever choice is made, written agreements clearly expressing members’ understanding of all aspects of the firm’s operation and structure are essential. Where a change in a firm’s structure is contemplated or required, as the result of a merger or other significant event, our lawyers are available to guide the firm through the alternative choices to arrive at the most efficient and appropriate outcome.

Partnership Disputes, Partner Withdrawals, and Dissolutions

Partnership disputes, partner withdrawals, and law firm dissolutions are an unfortunate but recurring reality in the legal profession. That does not mean that these events need to be “messy.” To the contrary, their potentially negative consequences can often be significantly mitigated. Lowe Stein’s lawyers have broad experience in representing both individual lawyers and law firms in these situations and in dealing with the many ethical and legal issues that necessarily arise when they occur. When there is room for negotiated solutions, our lawyers seek them. In the event of an unavoidable firm dissolution, Lowe Stein’s lawyers can facilitate the winding-up process so that it is conducted in as orderly a manner as possible. However, when there is no choice except to resort to arbitration or litigation, we are there to help.

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