The Mega-Firm Swiss Verein Law Firm Structure Provides More Access To Legal Services (Good) And More Conflicts Of Interest (Bad)

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.Conflicts of Interest1 Comment

Baker & McKenzie is one.  Dentons is as well.  So are DLA Piper, Hogan Lovells, King & Wood Mallesons, Norton Rose Fulbright, and Squire Patton Boggs. What these venerable law firms all have in common is they are organized as Swiss associations, or “vereins.” A Swiss verein is a formal legal structure recognized under Swiss law, akin to a voluntary … Read More

Massachusetts Supreme Court To Tackle Thorny Issue Of Subject Matter Conflicts In Patent Prosecution

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.Conflicts of Interest, IP Ethics, MalpracticeLeave a Comment

On December 26, 2014, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts issued the following Announcement in an appeal pending before the court: ANNOUNCEMENT: The Justices are soliciting amicus briefs. Whether, under Mass. R. Prof. C. 1.7, an actionable conflict of interest arose when, according to the allegations in the complaint, attorneys in different offices of the same law firm simultaneously represented … Read More