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Connecticut Legal Ethics & Malpractice

Mark A. Dubois, James F. Sullivan

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Connecticut Legal Ethics & Malpractice is a thorough and practical analysis of an attorneys duties and responsibilities, and the legal implications when an attorney runs afoul of his or her professional responsibilities.

Topics covered include:

Client Relationships

Duties to the Tribunal

Duties to the Community

Duties to the Profession

Admission

Bar Discipline

Theories of Liability Defenses

Damages

Fee Disputes

 

 

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  • Brand: The Connecticut Law Tribune
  • Product Type: Books
  • Edition: 0
  • Page Count: 466
  • ISBN: 978-1-62881-134-6
  • Pub#/SKU#: QLEM17

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  • Mark A. Dubois

Mark A. Dubois is counsel to Geraghty & Bonnano, LLC in
New London. From 2003 to 2011, he was Connecticut’s first Chief
Disciplinary Counsel. As disciplinary counsel, he established an
office that investigates and prosecutes both ethical violations and
the unauthorized practice of law.

Dubois has taught law at University of Connecticut School
of Law from which he graduated. He has also taught ethics at
Quinnipiac University School of Law. He was board certified as a
civil trial advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He
is past President of the Connecticut Bar Association. He lectures
frequently in Connecticut and nationally to bar and bench groups
on topics related to legal ethics.
Dubois wrote an influential amicus brief in the landmark case of
Bysiewicz v. DiNardo which went to the Connecticut Supreme Court
on the issue of defining whether political activity is the practice of
law for purposes of holding the Office of the Connecticut Attorney
General.

An avid cyclist, Dubois regularly commutes on his bike to work.
He is also a long distance runner. In his spare time he collects and
rebuilds bikes for underprivileged kids.



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  • James F. Sullivan

James F. Sullivan is a partner at Howard, Kohn, Sprague &
FitzGerald, LLP of Hartford, where he regularly represents
attorneys and firms in legal malpractice practice actions. He
received his J.D. with Honors from the University of Connecticut
School of Law, where he was editor in chief of the Connecticut
Law Review, and had received numerous academic awards. Upon
graduation from Law School, Sullivan clerked for Justice Robert J.
Callahan of the Connecticut Supreme Court.

Sullivan has lectured and given seminars on trial practice, legal
ethics, legal writing, and various aspects of civil litigation before a
number of groups and insurers. He has tried many cases to verdict
or judgment and is nationally certified in civil trial law. Sullivan
is active in a number of professional and civic organizations. He
is a past president of the Hartford County Bar Association. He is
a past president of the University of Connecticut School of Law
Alumni Association. Since 1993, he has been an Editorial Board
Member of the Connecticut Bar Journal where he edits the annual
survey on caselaw in professional responsibility. In 2014, he was
appointed to the Board of Editors of the Connecticut Law Tribune,
where he is a frequent contributor of draft editorials. He is a former
member of the Common Council in the City of New Britain and
past Chairman of that city’s Ethics Commission. He regularly
represents attorneys before the Statewide Grievance Committee
and in attorney presentment proceedings and government officials
in ethics related matters.

Sullivan is an active, nationally ranked, triathlete who was
recognized as an All American by the United States Triathlon
Association in 2009 and 2010. He completed his second Ironman
in Lake Placid, New York in July 2010 and was one of the top
finishers from Connecticut. He is co-founder and past president of
a local triathlon club that has over 150 members.


Part I Legal Ethics ………………………..  1

Chapter 1: Client Relationships …………….. 3

Chapter 2: Tribunal Duties ………………….107

Chapter 3: Duties to the Community ………….135

Chapter 4: Duties to the Profession ………… 143

Chapter 5: The Business of Law …………….. 161

Chapter 6: Special Rules …………………………..187

Chapter 7: Bar Discipline ……………………… 217

 

Part II Legal Malpractice ………………………253

Chapter 8: Theories of Liability …………….. 255

Chapter 9: Defenses ……………………………. 293

Chapter 10: Vexatious Litigation, Abuse of Process

and Miscellaneous Attorney Exposures ……315

Chapter 11: Fee Disputes ………………….. 329

Chapter 12: Damages …………………………… 343

Chapter 13: Prevention ……………………………351

Table of Cases.....................................................................................357

Index...................................................................................................379

 

Appendix: Important Links..................................................................397