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Roger Plawker Quoted in New Jersey Law Journal Regarding New ABA Opinion on Law Firm Marketing and Client Solicitations


Roger Plawker, Chair of the Attorney Ethics & Professional Misconduct practice group at Pashman Stein Walder Hayden, was quoted in the New Jersey Law Journal article, “ABA Issues New Clarification About Law Firm Marketing and Client Solicitations.” The article discusses a new ethics opinion from the American Bar Association that clarifies attorneys’ responsibility for the actions of nonlawyer employees and outside marketing firms who breach the rules concerning live, person-to-person solicitation of legal services.

The opinion gives notice that lawyers can’t play “don’t ask, don’t tell” when it comes to the methods of an outside consultant that brings cases to a law firm, said Roger Plawker, the chair of the attorney ethics and professional responsibility practice at Pashman Stein Walder Hayden in Hackensack, New Jersey.

“Lawyers can’t rely on willful blindness when it comes to solicitation of potential clients and the circumstances under which those clients came to have a need for services and came to know of that lawyer’s particular ability to provide that service,” said Plawker.

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