The Florida Bar Board of Governors will consider whether to approve a proposed advisory ethics opinion on fee-sharing with law firms in jurisdictions with rules that permit non-lawyer owners in law firms . . . (see more) [Added 12/6/17]

The Supreme Court approves a change to the bar admission rules designed to make it easier to transfer bar exam scores from other states to Florida . . . (see more) [Added 12/5/17]

Despite affirming a substantial verdict in a tobacco case, the Third DCA criticizes argument by Plaintiff’s counsel as “ill-conceived and improper” . . . (see more) [Added 12/4/17]

The Supreme Court broadly construes Amendment 7 to protect external peer review reports of a hospital’s adverse medical incidents that were created by an outside retained expert . . . (see more) [Added 11/28/17]

The Supreme Court certifies to the Legislature the need for 2 additional circuit court judges and 2 additional county court judges . . . (see more) [Added 11/26/17]

The Supreme Court approves rule amendments regarding soliciting gifts or fiduciary appointments from clients, notifying clients when leaving a law firm, contacting prospective clients, settling malpractice claims with unrepresented clients, holding trust funds in credit unions, protecting trust funds when third parties claim an interest, emeritus attorneys, authorized house counsel, and foreign legal consultants; the Court rejects proposed change to rules on using “specialist” or “expert” in advertising . . . (see more) [Added 11/21/17]

Hours that a lawyer worked while at his former law firm must be considered when the court awards fees under F.S. 627.428, even though that firm withdrew from the client’s case and thus forfeited its right to a fee . . . (see more) [Added 11/19/17]

Saying “what’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander,” the Second DCA reversed an order compelling arbitration of a lawyer’s counterclaims against his former law firm . . . (see more) [Added 11/13/17]

Improper service is not a sufficient reason to deny a motion to disqualify a judge . . . (see more) [Added 11/8/17]

The Supreme Court suspends a lawyer for one year instead of the recommended 60 days for violating the rule against solicitation of clients . . . (see more) [Added 11/6/17]

Under Rule 4-3.4(b), fact witnesses may be paid “reasonable compensation” for “preparing for, attending, and testifying at proceedings,” including assistance with case and discovery preparation . . .  (see more[Added 10/30/17]

Hoping to increase access to justice, the Florida Supreme Court approves relaxed conflict of interest rules to apply in short-term, limited representation carried out through non-profit organization programs . . . (see more) [Added 10/23/17]

A law firm had a duty to have sufficient procedures to ensure timely receipt of orders, and in using email system without safeguards or oversight firm could not claim excusable neglect under Fla.R.Civ.P. 1.540 when it failed to timely appeal an emailed order it allegedly did not receive . . . (see more) [Added 10/18/17]

The Florida Supreme Court changes the name of its Commission on Professionalism by adding the word “civility” to the name . . . (see more) [Added 10/12/17]

An amendment to the Public Records Act applies retroactively and prevents disclosure of the identity of witnesses to a murder who could also be considered victims of a crime . . . (see more) [Added 10/5/17]

In upholding the denial of a motion to disqualify a lawyer, the Third DCA does not extend the duty of loyalty to former clients beyond that expressed in Rule 4-1.9(a) . . . (see more) [Added 9/28/17]

FSU leads state law schools in pass rate for the July 2017 Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam . . . (see more) [Added 9/21/17]

The July 2017 Florida Bar Exam results are released, and Florida International tops the state in bar passage . . . (see more) [Added 9/18/17]

The Supreme Court rejects proposed changes to rules that would recognize 3 types of representation (lead counsel, additional counsel, and limited representation counsel), without prejudice to submission of “more individualized and refined proposals”  . . . (see more) [Added 9/15/17]

A trial judge who is Facebook “friends” with a lawyer who representing someone who is a potential witness and potential party is not disqualified . . . (see more) [Added 9/8/17]

The Professional Ethics Committee publishes a proposed advisory opinion addressing dividing fees with out-of-state lawyers who work in firms that have non-lawyer partners . . . (see more) [Added 7/1/17]

The Supreme Court adopts rules of professional conduct and family law procedure to facilitate use of the collaborative law process in family law cases . . . (see more) [Added 5/19/17]

The Supreme Court rejects a referee’s recommended sanction and imposes a longer suspension on a lawyer found guilty of disbursing trust funds without court approval and negligence in managing his trust account . . . (see more) [Added 5/8/17]

The Supreme Court dismisses without prejudice the Bar’s petition to amend the rules regulating lawyer referral services . . . (see more) [Added 5/3/17]

The Supreme rejects proposed amendments to the rules regarding character and fitness evaluations of students who apply for the Law School Practice Program . . . (see more) [Added 4/14/17]

The Bar petitions the Supreme Court for approval of rules that would allow lawyer spouses of active duty military personnel to practice in Florida for limited time under certain conditions . . . (see more) [Added 4/12/17]

The Bar petitions the Supreme Court for amendments to rules regarding soliciting gifts or fiduciary appointments from clients, settling malpractice claims with unrepresented clients, notifying clients when leaving a law firm, using “specialist” or “expert” in advertising, contacting prospective clients, keeping trust funds in credit unions, and protecting trust funds when third parties claim an interest in them . . . (see more) [Added 11/23/16]

The Supreme Court rejects a third Florida Bar proposal to authorize lawyers to handle “extraordinary” lien resolution services on a referral from a personal injury lawyer . . . (see more) [Added 10/7/16]

The Supreme Court approves a rule defining retainers, flat fees, and advance fees and specifying how they should be handled for trust accounting purposes . . . (see more) [Added 9/19/15]

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