Quandries and Quagmires: Legal Ethics, Risk Management in Pandemic

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.Attorney Internet Scams, Attorney Mental Health, Civility/Professionalism, Coronavirus ethics, IP Ethics, Legal Ethics, Legal Malpractice, ProfessionalismLeave a Comment

by Charles Lundberg, Esq. Reprinted with permission. Published March 30, 2020 in Minnesota Lawyer. In a span of less than two weeks, the coronavirus outbreak has caused unprecedented disruption in law firms and created a host of new issues for firm general counsel and ethics partners. Here is a sampling of new ethics and risk management issues that have arisen … Read More

The Curious Case of the Twerking BigLaw Attorney

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.Civility/Professionalism, Legal Ethics, Litigation Ethics, ProfessionalismLeave a Comment

From the now-I’ve-heard-everything category, there is this: A plaintiff in a federal action claims that during the course of a mediation of her employment discrimination case, counsel for the defense–a partner with a major international law firm– allegedly “shook his butt” at plaintiff’s counsel while uttering profanity. Plaintiff demands sanctions of $7,000 for the alleged, er, exposure. For its part, … Read More

Email To Bar Counsel To “Go F*#k Yourself!!!” Surefire Way To Attorney Discipline (Even In New Jersey)

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.Civility/Professionalism, Duty to Tribunal1 Comment

Like voluntarily sticking one’s head into a lion’s den, communicating with Disciplinary Counsel can be a risky proposition.  Whatever the reason for the communication, attorneys should be mindful not only about what they are saying but how they are saying it.  This is not a difficult concept for most to grasp, but the Bar expects attorneys to conduct themselves in … Read More

Jackass Of The Month: IP Lawyer Sanctioned For “Maelstrom of Misconduct” In Pro Se Divorce Case

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.Civility/Professionalism, Duty to Tribunal, Patent Attorney Disciplinary Matters, Patent EthicsLeave a Comment

This month we launched the “Jackass of the Month” award. The award recognizes the IP practitioner whose exceptional or extraordinary conduct befits the title of being, well, a real jackass. This month’s award goes to Anthony J. Zappin, a 30-year-old Ivy League-educated patent attorney.  Zappin was  slapped last week with a reprimand and $10,000 fine by New York State Supreme … Read More

“Your Honor, You Are Stupid, You Suck, Please Decide for Me”

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, Civility/Professionalism, CompetenceLeave a Comment

With last week’s post on patent attorney Andrew Schroeder, who ran amok in his filings with the USPTO (click), fresh on my mind, I had to chuckle at the blog posted recently in Wordrake (click here), entitled: “Your Honor, You Are Stupid, You Suck, Please Decide For Me.” The post cites several examples of what is purported to be real … Read More

USPTO Suspends Attorney For Six Months For Derogatory Patent Filings

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.Civility/Professionalism, Patent Ethics, Suspension, USPTO OED5 Comments

This week at “Back to School Night,” I read with great interest some words of wisdom posted on the wall as part of a set of class “Rules.” The children agreed to three general principles of self-governance: Be nice to others. Don’t use bad words. Be respectful. Lawyers also have their own rules of self-governance, codified in the Rules of Professional … Read More