New Jersey Advisory Committee on Professional Ethics Decisions
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Former Client Conflict of Interest; Lawyer at Law Firm That Represented Planning Board in Litigation Joining Firm that Represented Adverse Party
Date: December 13, 2017
The Advisory Committee on Professional Ethics received an inquiry from a lawyer who works for a law firm that represented a municipal planning board in lengthy and contentious litigation, a portion of which is still pending. A partner at the firm served as legal counsel for the planning board and Inquirer assisted the partner in various aspects of the litigation. The partner retired and the firm no longer serves as counsel for the planning board. Inquirer asked whether, if she leaves her current firm and joins the law firm that represents the adverse party in this litigation, there would be any restrictions on her practice or that of her new firm.
Conflict of Interest - Government Lawyers
Date: June 24, 2013
Selling Law Firm Accounts Receivable to a Third Party or Retaining a Collection Agency For Collection of Fees Payable by Former Clients
Date: March 7, 2012
Contingency Fees in Criminal and Quasi-Criminal Matters
Date: March 3, 2010
Whether is is acceptable to offer contingency fee arrangements in various Municipal Court criminal and quasi-criminal cases.
Contingency Fees In Consumer Protection Cases
Date: October 27, 2008
Inquirer represents debtors against creditors in consumer protection actions that statutorily provide for recovery of attorneys' fees, and asks about an arrangement under which 50 percent of the net sum recovered after deduction of disbursements would be provided to the client and the other 50 percent would be payable as contingent legal fees. Inquirer notes that R. 1:21-7(c) generally permits a maximum contingency fee of 33 1/3 percent in certain cases, and inquires whether the proposed arrangement of a 50 percent contingency fee on a recovery that includes an award of attorneys' fees would be consistent with the Rules of Professional Conduct.
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