DC Bar Says Clients Need to Pay Lawyer Rates

OK … so that’s not exactly what the DC Bar said, but take a moment and think about what two recent DC ethics opinions are suggesting. The Bar opinions note that many e-discovery vendors providing document review services are either a) practicing law without a license (opinion 21-12), or b) splitting fees improperly with non-lawyers (opinion 362). The obvious way to comply with these opinions will be for these e-discovery vendors to be limited to a) lawyers, b) practicing at law firms.

Are e-discovery vendors practicing law? Probably

Will ethics rules and opinions stop them? Probably not.

And we continue to long for the good ole days …

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mw said...

I agree with him, client need to pay lawyer rates

Keith Lipman said...

Lawyers are not supposed to aid in the unauthorized practice of law. They are the only one who will get hurt (e.g. disbarred/disciplined) not the ediscovery provider. The unauthorized practice of law statutes are not really enforced (if they even exist at all in some states).


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