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.