Rule 5.4 Archive

Lawyers + Social Media – Part 3

Social media and various legal services websites have provided lawyers with new and numerous ways to connect with clients and potential clients. Services like Avvo have sought to address the ethical concerns about Groupon (see Post #2 in the series) by creating a structure where the client pays the fee to the lawyer, who in […]

Lawyers + Social Media – Part 2

In the first post in this series about lawyers and social media, we focused on ethical issues related to LinkedIn and Facebook. This post examines similar issues related to lawyers’ use of Twitter and Groupon. Twitter More and more lawyers are using Twitter to communicate with potential clients, advertise their services, and comment on legal […]

Changes to the Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct: Part 3

The 2015 amendments to the Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct also address the hiring of 3rd party service providers, non-Ohio lawyer advertising and Ohio lawyer advertising. Comment 1 to Rule 5.3 [Responsibilities regarding NonLawyer Assistants] has been amended to increase the circle of responsibility to “nonlawyers outside the firm or agency who work on firm or […]

Cleveland Attorney Indefinitely Suspended for Numerous Violations

Attorney: Gary Ray Axner Misconduct: Attorney misconduct—Multiple disciplinary violations—Improper employment of suspended attorney Citation: Cleveland Metro. Bar Assn. v. Axner, Slip Opinion No. 2013-Ohio-400 Discipline: indefinite suspension It was not a happy Valentine’s Day for Gary Ray Axner of Cleveland. The Ohio Supreme Court indefinitely suspended him from the practice of law for numerous violations of […]