Unauthorized Practice of Law by Paralegals and Other Support Staff

June 17, 2021

Most attorneys have long known, at least in a general way, that law clerks, legal assistants, secretaries and paralegals may not ethically “practice law.”  The difficulty for many attorneys, however, is determining what constitutes the unauthorized practice of law, as opposed to the proper and ethical function various members of the support staff may perform.…

EEOC Concerns in the Use of Social Media for Job Postings

June 10, 2021

Social media platforms have come to dominate all aspects of modern life and have gained increasing prominence in companies’ efforts to fill job vacancies as well as individuals’ efforts to find employment.  While that increase in the use of social media by employers has broadened the pool of potential employees, it has also led to…

D.C. Adopts Broad Prohibition on Non-Compete Agreements

June 3, 2021

On March 16, 2021, Washington D.C. passed The Ban on Non-Compete Agreements Amendment Act (“The Act”), a comprehensive ban on non-compete agreements similar to previous restrictions in California, Montana, North Dakota and Oklahoma. Here, the employment law attorneys at Eccleston and Wolf discuss the immediate effects on District employers.    Overview of the Act The Act…

Poor Trust Account Practices: The Fast Lane to Suspension or Disbarment

May 20, 2021

While there are many reasons why a person may choose to become a lawyer, great math skills and a love of accounting practices are not typically at the top of the list.  In fact, while lawyers often excel at advocating on behalf of clients, analyzing documents, drafting contracts and crafting legal arguments, the same cannot…

Eccleston and Wolf attorney Steve Cornelius presents on Medicare and lien compliance at the 2021 Hot Tips in Workers’ Compensation virtual CLE

May 18, 2021

On May 13, 2021, Eccleston and Wolf attorney Steve Cornelius, along with an esteemed panel of Maryland attorneys and judges, presented a virtual CLE for the Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA) Negligence Insurance and Workers’ Compensation Section on “2021 Hot Tips in Workers’ Compensation.”  Steve’s presentation dealt with Medicare and lien compliance, including attorney ethical responsibilities…

District of Columbia Court of Appeals Holds a Substantial Financial Penalty Imposed on a Withdrawing Equity Partner Constitutes an Implied, Partial Restriction on the Practice of Law in Violation of Rule 5.6(a) of the District of Columbia Rules of Professional Conduct, Rendering the Provision Unenforceable.

May 15, 2021

In Jacobson Holman PLLC v. Gentner, 244 A.3d 690 (D.C. 2021), the District of Columbia Court of Appeals addressed for the first time “the affirmative reach” of Rule 5.6(a) of the District of Columbia Rules of Professional Conduct’s prohibition on “restrictions” on “the rights of a lawyer to practice” after terminating an employment relationship. In…

Stephen Cornelius Selected As One Of America’s Top 100 Medical Malpractice Litigators®

May 13, 2021

HANOVER, MD (May 13, 2021)- Announcing the selection of Stephen Cornelius among America’s Top 100 Medical Malpractice Litigators® for 2021.  Selection to America’s Top 100 Medical Malpractice Litigators® is by invitation only and is reserved to identify the nation’s most exceptional litigators for high-value personal medical malpractice matters.      Cornelius began his career at…

Ensuring that the Trial within a Trial is Truly a Separate Trial

May 9, 2021

Practitioners should consider bifurcating the “trial within a trial” portion of a legal malpractice case to avoid prejudice and promote efficiency. A legal malpractice action arising out of litigation is, in practice, two cases in one. In general terms, a plaintiff must prove both that his or her lawyer failed to meet the standard of…

Eccleston and Wolf and Deputy Bar Counsel Conduct CLE for BCBA on Attorney Grievances: How to Avoid Them and What Happens if You Receive One

May 6, 2021

On April 21, 2021, Eccleston and Wolf attorney Steve Cornelius, along with Deputy Bar Counsel Erin Risch, presented a CLE for the Baltimore County Bar Association on Attorney Grievances: How to Avoid Them and What Happens if You Receive One.  The virtual CLE was focused upon the most common rule violations, tips for your practice…

Al Frederick has received recognition in Finance Monthly Magazine

April 23, 2021

Eccleston & Wolf is proud to announce that Al Frederick has been recognized in Finance Monthly Magazine as an outright winner and recipient of a 2021 Finance Monthly Legal Award in the Ethics category. Now in its 11th year, the Finance Monthly Legal Awards are designed to identify and celebrate the achievements of lawyers, law…