areas of expertise
Ronald C. Minkoff is a partner in the Litigation Group and Chair of the Professional Responsibility Group. Mr. Minkoff is also one of New York State’s leading practitioners in the field of attorney ethics and professional responsibility, representing attorneys in a wide variety of matters including law firm partnership disputes, disciplinary cases, legal fee disputes and legal malpractice and professional liability cases on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants. He also provides ethics opinions and advice to a wide variety of law firm clients.
Mr. Minkoff is a member of several Bar Ethics Committees, including the Committee on Standards of Attorney Conduct (COSAC) and the Committee on Professional Discipline of the New York State Bar Association. He is also the Chair of the Task Force on Professionalism of the New York County Lawyers Association, a former member of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Professionalism, and a past President of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers. He is co-chair of the Attorneys’ Liability Subcommittee of the ABA Professional Liability Litigation Committee. He is a member of the Media Law Resource Center (MLRC) ethics committee and has written extensively for the New York Professional Responsibility Report, The Professional Lawyer, The New York Law Journal, and other publications and is the co-Managing editor of the New York Legal Ethics Reporter. Mr. Minkoff is an Adjunct Professor of Professional Responsibility at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at New York University School of Law, Fordham Law School, and Brooklyn Law School. He is a frequent lecturer on the law of lawyering.
In addition, Mr. Minkoff represents businesses and individual professionals and executives in a wide variety of commercial litigation, including business break-ups, securities lawsuits, and domestic and international trade disputes. He represents several law firm partners in partnership disputes. And he represents an internationally known petrochemist in an oil and gas venture dispute. Mr. Minkoff was recently appointed to the Advisory Committee of the Commercial Division of the Supreme Court, New York County and was a member of Chief Judge Lippman’s Task Force on Commercial Litigation in the 21st Century. He is also a member of the Council on Judicial Administration of the New York City Bar Association.
Mr. Minkoff is a graduate of Columbia Law School (JD, 1980). He was an attorney at the Nassau County Legal Aid Society (1980-83), and was associated with Obermaier Morvillo & Abramowitz, P.C. (1983-85) and Owen & Fennell (1985-87). Mr. Minkoff was a member of Fennell & Minkoff (1987-94) and Beldock Levine & Hoffman (1994-2001) before joining Frankfurt Kurnit. He is admitted to practice in New York.
Representative cases: Fragin v. First Funds Holdings LLC and Moses & Singer LLP, 2016 WL 4256984 (Sup. Ct. N.Y. Co. 2016); Grynberg v. BP Exploration Operating Co. Ltd. 127 A.D.3d 553, 7 N.Y.S.3d 125 (1st Dep’t (2015); Lakah v. UBS AG, 996 F.Supp.2d 250 (S.D.N.Y. 2014); QBE Ins. Co. v. Maloof, Lebowitz, Connahan & Oleske, 2105 WL 7188350 (Sup. Ct. N.Y. Co. 2015); In re Lerner, 112 A.D.3d 144 (1st Dep’t 2013); Frauzblau v. Cassin and Cassin LLP Index: 105949/10 Supreme Court New York County (2010); Carl v. Cohen and Greenberg Traurig, LLP 23 Misc.3d 1110(A) 886 N.Y.S.2d 66 (2009); Conopco, Inc. v. Wein, 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 46945 (S.D.N.Y. 2007); Trepel v. Dippold, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 78050 (S.D.N.Y. 2006).
awards & recognition
Best Lawyers 2019 "Lawyer of the Year" in Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
Best Lawyers 2011 "Lawyer of the Year" in New York Ethics and Professional Responsibility
Recognized by Best Lawyers for his work in Commercial Litigation, Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law and Legal Malpractice Law
New York-area "Super Lawyer" for Professional Liability: Defense Work and Business Litigation by Super Lawyers magazine for thirteen consecutive years
Columbia University School of Law (JD)
Upcoming Speaking Engagements
Past Speaking Engagements
Ronald Minkoff at APRL Meeting
Ronald C. Minkoff speaks at the Association of Professional Responsibly Lawyers Association meeting on the use of public shaming techniques in disciplinary and sanctions proceedings in Vancouver.
February 2 2018
Post-Conviction Capital Defense CLE
Ronald Minkoff presents a "Post-Conviction Capital Defense" CLE training.
July 25 2017
Cloud Computing 2017: Key Issues and Practical Guidance
Once again, Tanya Forsheit chairs the yearly Cloud Computing: Key Issues and Practical Guidance for the Practising Law Institute (PLI). Ron Minkoff present the ethics portion in the New York seminar. For more informstion or to register, please click here
May 1 2017
Clear Law Institute: Ethical Issues for Law Firm Supervisors
February 15 2017
Staying Out of Trouble 2016: The In-House Attorney-Client Privilege, Ethics, & Technology Quiz Show
Ronald Minkoff chairs PLI's "Staying Out of Trouble 2016: The In-House Attorney-Client Privilege, Ethics, & Technology Quiz Show" on December 22nd.
December 22 2016
Should On-line Providers of Legal Forms be Regulated? If So, by Whom? If Not, Why Not?
Ronald C. Minkoff is a featured panelist at New York County Lawyers' Association's forum, "Should On-line Providers of Legal Forms be Regulated? If So, by Whom? If Not, Why Not?". For more information, please click here.
September 30 2016
ABA National Legal Malpractice Conference in Chicago
Ron Minkoff speaks on e-discovery spoliation issues at the ABA National Legal Malpractice Conference in Chicago. We are Silver Sponsors of the event.
September 21 2016
Testing the Paradigm: Regulatory Objectives and Access to Justice in the UK, Canada and the U.S
Ronald C. Minkoff presents, "Testing the Paradigm: Regulatory Objectives and Access to Justice in the UK, Canada and the U.S" at the International Legal Ethics Conference VII on July 15th.
July 15 2016
Law Firm Exit Strategies: Effective Approaches for Successful Goodbyes
Ron Minkoff speaks at the NBI National Teleconference on "Law Firm Exit Strategies: Effective Approaches for Successful Goodbyes."
July 6 2016
42nd National Conference on Professional Responsibility
Nicole Hyland moderates a panel on the "The Ethics of Advising Clients on Social Media" and Ron Minkoff speaks on the panel "Ethics Issues Regarding Client-Requested Retainer Provisions" at the National Conference on Professional Responsibility for the American Bar Association in Philadelphia.
June 3 2016
APRL’s 7th International Professional Responsibility Conference
Nicole Hyland and Ron Minkoff speak at the 7th International Professional Responsibility Conference for the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL) on "Ethics and Risk Implications of Cloud Computing and Data Privacy" and "Legal Malpractice in International Business Transactions." The event takes place in Paris.
April 13 2016
Ron Minkoff at 2015 Art Law Day
Ron Minkoff participates in the 2015 Appraisers Association's Art Law Day on Friday, November 6th in a panel titled "Ethics and Fiduciary Duties" about the ethics of authentication of artwork from the standpoint of appraisers, art advisors and lawyers.
November 6 2015
When Lawyers Leave Law Firms: Ethics and Best Practices
October 27 2015
Lawyers in Transition
Ronald Minkoff leads an ethics CLE, entitled "Lawyers in Transition" for the ALI/ABA.
October 27 2015
Attorney Fees & Ethics: It Pays To Be Reasonable
Ronald Minkoff speaks for a CLE webinar, “Attorney Fees & Ethics: It Pays To Be Reasonable" presented by the National Association of Legal Fee Analysis (NALFA).
September 24 2015
#WhatYouNeedToKnow: Professional Conduct and Advertising in the World of Social Media
Ronald Minkoff presents at the New York City Bar's CLE program, "#WhatYouNeedToKnow: Professional Conduct and Advertising in the World of LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter."
June 23 2015
Current Ethical Issues for In-House Counsel & Those Who Advise Them
June 1 2015
Attorneys, Agents and Managers in The Entertainment Industry: Roles and Relationships
Ron Minkoff speaks at the City Bar Center for CLE on 'Attorneys, Agents and Managers in The Entertainment Industry: Roles and Relationships'.
May 20 2015
Ethical Issues in Supervising Others CLE
Ronald Minkoff presents the CLE "Ethical Issues in Supervising Others" for the Attorney General's Office.
February 20 2015
The Adventures of Peter the Great - Twelfth Night
Ronald Minkoff performs in The Adventures of Peter the Great - Twelfth Night, an original musical comedy written, produced and performed by members of the New York City Bar.
January 23 2015
E-discovery at Outten & Golden
December 9 2014
Current Ethical Issues for In-House Counsel & Those Who Advise Them
Ronald Minkoff speaks at the City Bar Center for the CLE's program, "Current Ethical Issues for In-House Counsel & Those Who Advise Them".
May 15 2014
Managing Conflicts of Interest Effectively
Ron Minkoff presents "Managing Conflicts of Interest Effectively" at the New York State Bar Association's Business Law Section and Corporate Counsel Annual Meeting.
January 29 2014
Current Ethical Issues for In-House Counsel & Those Who Advise Them
Ronald Minkoff speaks on "Current Ethical Issues for In-House Counsel & Those Who Advise Them", a program for the City Bar Center for CLE.
May 16 2013
The Ethical Infrastructure and Culture of Law Firms
Ronald Minkoff moderates a panel on "The Ethical Infrastructure and Culture of Law Firms" at Hofstra Law School.
April 5 2013
Staying Out of Trouble: What Every Attorney Must Know About Ethics 2012
December 17 2012
PLI’s “Bet the Company” Litigation 2012
Ronald Minkoff presents "Best Practices for Complex Cases" at the Practicing Law Institute's annual "Bet the Company" event.
September 25 2012
Staying Out of Trouble: What Every Attorney Must Know About Ethics 2011
Ronald Minkoff chairs "Staying Out of Trouble: What Every Attorney Must Know About Ethics 2011", a CLE seminar at the Practicing Law Institute's New York Center.
December 19 2011
PLI’s Bet the Company Event
Ronald Minkoff presents "Best Practices for Complex Cases" at the Practicing Law Institue's annual "Bet the Company Event".
November 8 2011
New York County Lawyers’ Association CLE Institute
Ronald Minkoff speaks on "Alternative Litigation Financing: A New Way to Help Pay for Lawsuits and Stay Out of Trouble While Doing It" at the New York County Lawyers' Association CLE Institute.
September 14 2011
Public Interest Law v. Private Law Practice - Pros and Cons
Ronald Minkoff and attorneys from The Bronx Defenders present "Public Interest Law v. Private Law Practice - Pros and Cons" at Frankfurt Kurnit.
July 20 2011
New York State Bar Association
June 22 2011
Inhouse Counsel and Those who Represent Them
Ronald Minkoff presents a program on internal investigations for "Inhouse Counsel and Those who Represent Them" at the New York City Bar.
May 24 2011
Ethics in Anonymity: The Ethical Traps of Anonymizing Technologies
Ronald Minkoff speaks on "Ethics in Anonymity: The Ethical Traps of Anonymizing Technologies" at the 24th Annual Media and the Law Seminar in Kansas City.
May 6 2011
PLI’s 2011 Bridge the Gap Program
Ronald Minkoff speaks at PLI's 2011 Bridge the Gap Program at Brooklyn Law School.
January 21 2011
Ronald Minkoff Speaks at “Bet the Company” Litigation Seminar
Ronald Minkoff speaks on "Current Ethical Issues in Complex Litigations" at the PLI's "Bet the Company" Litigation 2010 seminar at the PLI New York Center.
November 9 2010
Three Frankfurt Kurnit Attorneys Participate in the MLRC/NAA 2010 Media Law Conference
Three Frankfurt Kurnit attorneys participate in the MLRC/NAA 2010 Media Law Conference in Virginia. Maura Wogan moderates a panel discussion on issues arising from the Colting v. Salinger litigation. Ronald Minkoff presents "Ethics in the Electronic Era". And Rick Kurnit presents on "Privacy, Publicity, and Use and Protection of Data".
September 29 2010
Ronald Minkoff Presents for the New York City Bar
Ronald Minkoff presents CLE "Ethics for the Entertainment Lawyer" for the New York City Bar.
June 28 2010
Ronald Minkoff Speaks at the New York City Bar’s “Ethics for In-House Counsel” CLE Program.
Ronald Minkoff speaks at the New York City Bar's "Ethics for In-House Counsel" CLE program.
May 25 2010
Ronald Minkoff Speaks On New York advertising rules
Ronald Minkoff speaks at a webinar on New York advertising rules. Super Lawyers sponsors the program.
May 18 2010
Ronald Minkoff Chairs at the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers’ 20th Anniversary
Ronald Minkoff chairs a panel on "The Disciplinary Process: The Next 20 Years" at the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers' 20th Anniversary Celebration in New Orleans.
April 16 2010
Ronald Minkoff Speaks at the NJ CLE Program
Ronald Minkoff speaks on alternative billing, non-lawyer equity compensation, and management of firms by non-lawyers at the NJ CLE program "The Business of Law: Does It Have to Be Profits vs. Ethics."
news & press
Thirty-nine Frankfurt Kurnit Attorneys Named in Super Lawyers Magazine for 2018
Super Lawyers magazine lists thirty-nine Frankfurt Kurnit attorneys in its 2018 edition.
California Supreme Court Holds that Conflict Invalidates Firm’s Engagement Letter But Says Firm Still May be Able to Get Paid
Last week, the California Supreme Court issued its decision in Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, LLP v. J-M Manufacturing Co., Inc., a decision which lawyers and law firms anxiously awaited for months.
The Best Lawyers in America 2019
We are pleased to report that Best Lawyers — the oldest and one of the most respected peer reviewed lawyer recommendation services — continues to recommend Frankfurt Kurnit.
Quinn Emanuel Tiff With Ex-Partners Raises Ethics Questions
Bryan Cave Partner Exits LabMD’s Cover-Up Suit, For Now
Law360 mentions Ronald C. Minkoff as counsel to Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP and Mary Beth Buchanan whose cover-up suit against them was dismissed by a New York federal judge without prejudice. (Behind paywall)
Citing ‘Potential Conflicts,’ Greenberg Traurig Says Giuliani on Unpaid Leave
Legal Referral Services: New Technology, New Ethics Guidelines
The New York State Bar Association Journal published Ronald Minkoff and Tyler Maulsby’s article “Legal Referral Services: New Technology, New Ethics Guidelines.” The article covers online lawyer referral services and the rules lawyers must abide by while using these services. (Reprinted with permission from: New York State Bar Association Journal, March/April 2018, Vol. 90, No. 3, published by the New York State Bar Association, One Elk Street, Albany, NY 12207.)
Could Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen Get Disbarred Thanks to Stormy Daniels?
Pa. Fee Claim Ruling Could Spur Deal-Making Between Firms
PLI Publishes Minkoff Ethics Essay About Multi-state Practice
Trump Attorney’s Statement That He Paid Stormy Daniels $130K Raises Ethics Questions
Blurry BigLaw Definition Of ‘Partner’ Fuels Gender Bias Suits
Ball of Confusion: Practicing Law from Your Second Home in Another State
The American Bar Association featured Ronald C. Minkoff’s article, “Ball of Confusion: Practicing Law from Your Second Home in Another State” in volume 24.3 of their publication The Professional Lawyer.
‘Mass Lateral’ Moves No Silver Bullet For Beleaguered Firms
New York Times fires Boies Schiller over Weinstein role: ‘We should have been treated better’
State Bar Supports Two Groundbreaking Recommendations Regarding Online Forms, NY Trust Code
The Targeted News Service featured Ronald C. Minkoff’s report on regulating online legal documents which he presented at the November 4th State Bar meeting in Albany. (Article behind paywall)
N.Y. State Bar Ethics Committee Takes On Avvo Legal Services, Says Model Violates Ethics Rules
Recently the New York State Bar Ethics Committee issued a pair of opinions about the limitations on a lawyer's ability to take advantage of certain on-line legal marketing services.
The Best Lawyers in America 2018
Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" ranked Frankfurt Kurnit nationally in "Tier 1" in Advertising, Copyright, Entertainment - Motion Pictures and Television, and Trademark Law, "Tier 2" in Litigation - Intellectual Property, Media Law, and Trusts & Estates Law, and "Tier 3" in Commercial Litigation and Regulatory
Jurors’ Anti-Attorney Bias Is More Paranoia Than Fact
Ron Minkoff was quoted by Law360 on anti-attorney bias and malpractice suits here.
New State Bar Committee to Examine Tech Issues
Artificial Intelligence Raises Ethical Concerns For Attorneys
Ethics Group Backs High Court Look At Nonresident Atty Law
Law360 mentioned Ron Minkoff as counsel to the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers in its Amicus Curiae brief to the US Supreme Court seeking constitutional review of a New York statute governing nonresident attorney practice.
Top law firms increasingly go to court to collect fees; is it the new normal?
Elite Law Firms Increasingly Suing Clients to Collect Fees
Non-Party Has Sufficient Interest to Disqualify Law Firm from Second Circuit Case
At the request of a non-party, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently disqualified the law firm BakerHostetler LLP ("Baker") from representing its client Prevezon Holdings Ltd. ("Prevezon").
Thirty-eight Frankfurt Kurnit Attorneys Named “Super Lawyers” for 2016
Super Lawyers listed thirty-eight Frankfurt Kurnit attorneys in its 2016 edition.
5 Things To Know About The Heller Ehrman Clawback Case
The Best Lawyers in America 2017
In its 2017 edition, Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" ranked Frankfurt Kurnit nationally in "Tier 1" in Advertising, Copyright, Entertainment - Motion Pictures and Television, and Trademark Law, "Tier 2" in Litigation - Intellectual Property, Media Law, and Trusts & Estates Law, and "Tier 3" in Commercial Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement Litigation.
New York Court Endorses Intra-Firm Attorney-Client Privilege
NY Ruling Strengthens Shield For In-House Ethics Advice
Less Exposure: New York Appeals Court Finds Privilege For Law Firm In-House Counsel
A New York appeals court gave attorneys a reason to celebrate just before the July 4th holiday weekend.
Watch What You Say: New York Court Rule Will Expose More Attorney-Client Communications
Anyone who has ever had to litigate a dispute knows how important the attorney-client privilege is.
Ronald Minkoff in the Wall Street Journal
Not Just a New York State of Mind: Nonresident Lawyers Must Have a Physical Office in New York
On Friday, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit struck a blow to nonresident lawyers looking to practice in New York State.
Gibbons Says New Ruling Ends DQ Bid In Pollution Suit
Experts See Rise in Disputes Over Partner Capital Shares
NY Rule Change Lets Out-Of-Towners Practice Openly
Does N.Y. Judiciary Law §487 Apply to Arbitrations?
Miracle on Eagle Street: New York’s Temporary Practice Rule
New York Okays Temporary Practice by Outside Lawyers
Ronald Minkoff was quoted in the Bloomberg BNA article, 'New York Okays Temporary Practice by Outside Lawyers,' about New York's leadership on allowing foreign attorneys to work temporarily in New York.
Law Firms Win Big Case Arising from Representation of Clients with Competing Interests
Law firms often struggle to determine when the rules of professional conduct permit representation of clients who compete in the marketplace. When is it OK, for example, to represent clients with competing patents, trademarks, or copyrights? A recent Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court case provides important guidance for IP lawyers -- particularly those representing clients with patents.
New York Authorizes Temporary Practice By Out-Of-State Lawyers
In a thrilling and important development, New York has promulgated a new Court Rule, 22 NYCRR § 523 ("Section 523"), that allows lawyers admitted in other jurisdictions, but not admitted in New York, to practice here under certain circumstances.
Ronald Minkoff in the Wall Street Journal Law Blog
General Counsel for Al Jazeera America Appears to Be Unlicensed
A Storm on the Horizon - When to Communicate with Clients About Destroyed Files
As hurricane Joaquin barrels towards the Northeast, New York lawyers may be reminded of the damage caused by Superstorm Sandy as well as other recent disasters.
Ron Minkoff at NALFA Attorney Fees & Ethics Panel
Ron Minkoff is mentioned in the blog post, "NALFA Hosts Successful Program on Attorney Fees & Ethics", which discusses the recent National Association of Legal Fee Analysis panel, entitled “Attorney Fees & Ethics: It Pays To Be Reasonable”, which took place on September 24th.
Thirty-seven Frankfurt Kurnit Attorneys Named “Super Lawyers” for 2015
Super Lawyers listed thirty-six Frankfurt Kurnit attorneys in its 2015 edition.
Proposed Rule May Perhaps Propose a Momentary Admission
New York Mulls Temporary Admission for Out-of-State Lawyers
Access to Justice and a New Definition of Professionalism
The Best Lawyers in America 2016
Best Lawyers recognized our firm and 17 of our attorneys in their 2016 list.
Tinker, Tailor, Lawyer, P.I.: Are Your Workplace Investigations Complying with the Law?
Bits or Mortar: Will New York Continue to Require Non-Resident Lawyers to Have Physical Offices?
For a variety of reasons, some New York lawyers choose to practice "virtually" - that is, they conduct their business primarily over the Internet, rather than through a physical law office.
Thirty-four Frankfurt Kurnit Attorneys Named “Super Lawyers” for 2014
Super Lawyers listed thirty-three Frankfurt Kurnit attorneys in its 2014 edition.
Law Firm In-House Privilege Revisited
Judge Dismisses Suit by Canadian Members of Peace Bridge Authority
The Buffalo News quoted Ronald Minkoff on a recent decision by a State Supreme Court judge on a matter involving development of the Peace Bridge – the bridge between Canada and the US. The court dismissed litigation by Canadian members of the Peace Bridge Authority against law firm Kavinoky Cook, which had represented the Authority for decades before a dispute between its Canadian and New York members arose over development of the bridge. Ronald Minkoff represents Kavinoky Cook.
Ex-Dewey Partner Can’t Sue Barclays In Federal Court
Best Lawyers 2015
Best Lawyers recognized our firm and 16 of our attorneys in their 2015 list.
New York Court Disqualifies Arbitrator from BP and Statoil Cases
The Global Arbitration Review mentioned Ronald Minkoff as Counsel to Jack Grynberg in Grynberg v BP Exploration Operating Co Ltd and Statoil ASA (Supreme Court of the State of New York).
Profits From Finishing Bankrupt Firms’ Cases Belong to Law Firms That Completed Them
Bloomberg BNA quoted Ronald Minkoff in an article on New York Court of Appeals' decision in the matter of In re Thelen LLP, 2014 NY Slip Op. 04879 (N.Y. Ct. of App., July 1, 2014). U.S. Law Week and BNA's Bankruptcy Law Reporter also published the article.
New York Court of Appeals Refuses to Apply “Unfinished Business” Doctrine to Law Firms
In a decision with far reaching implications for law firms and their clients, the New York Court of Appeals firmly rejected the application of the "unfinished business" doctrine - an important principle of partnership law - to lawyers and law firms.
New Ethics Opinion Says New York Lawyers May Use a Virtual Law Office Address in Advertising
In the current legal and economic climate, some lawyers are using - or considering using - so-called "virtual law offices".
New York’s High Court Considers Fees From Defunct Law Firms
The Wall Street Journal quoted Ronald Minkoff about a court case, In re Thelen LLP, 2014 NY Slip Op. 04879 (N.Y. Ct. of App., July 1, 2014, this week that will test whether creditors to defunct firms can stake claims to the lawyers' fees. View Article.
New York Court of Appeals Rules on Attorney Fees Issue
Just three weeks ago, the New York Court of Appeals, in Albunio v. City of New York, issued a ruling on a question that has long bedeviled civil rights and employment lawyers - and their clients.
Law Firm Liability: Court Ruling Will Permit More Fraud Claims to Proceed
In a decision last week Melcher v. Greenberg Traurig LLP, New York's highest court, gave a big boost to plaintiffs wanting to sue lawyers for committing intentional fraud and deceit in the course of a court proceeding.
Business Arrangements with Non-Legal Entities
In the current legal and economic climate, some lawyers are considering business arrangements with non-legal entities. A new ethics opinion by the Committee on Professional Ethics of the New York City Bar Association discusses important ethical issues raised by such business ventures.
Aging Lawyers and Professionalism
Ethics Roundup for 2013: Six Developments that Affect the Way We Practice Law
Our work as professional responsibility attorneys over the past year has given us a front row seat to the most bedeviling ethical conundrums faced by lawyers. In our final Ethics Alert of 2013, we re-cap six important developments for New York-area lawyers, along with tips for staying on the right side of the line.
Are Your Pre-Merger Communications with Your Client Protected?
The purchaser in a corporate merger owns the seller's pre-merger communications with its lawyer, according to a recent Delaware decision. In Great Hill Equity Partners Iv, LP v. SIG Growth Equity Fund I, LLP, the buyer sued former shareholders of the seller alleging they fraudulently induced the buyer to enter into the transaction.
Use of “Of Counsel” Title for Lawyers in Foreign Countries
A recent New York City Bar Professional Ethics Committee opinion offers important new guidance to New York law firms on use of the "of counsel" title for lawyers who work in foreign countries. The opinion states that a New York law firm can designate as "of counsel" a New York attorney who resides and practices law overseas, provided the firm complies with three criteria.
Frankfurt Kurnit in “Best Lawyers 2014”
In its 2014 edition Best Lawyers ranked Frankfurt Kurnit in "Tier 1" in Advertising, Copyright, Entertainment, Trademark, and Trust & Estates Law, "Tier 2" in Litigation (IP) and Media Law, and "Tier 3" in Commercial Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement Litigation.
Twenty-nine Frankfurt Kurnit Attorneys Named “Super Lawyers” for 2013
15 Fairly New Legal Industry Jobs and 6 More You May See Soon
Can Lawyers Advise Clients to Delete Social Media Content?
Increasingly, lawyers are faced with questions about whether they should advise clients about the use of social media. While news reports and ethics opinions have focused primarily on lawyers' social media use, the issue of client counseling has received less attention. Now, a new ethics Opinion by the New York County Lawyers Association concludes that lawyers may ethically counsel clients about their use of social media, including, in some circumstances, advising them to "take down" social media content.
Why Jewel V. Boxer is Wrong
Frankfurt Kurnit Top Ranked in Best Lawyers and Best Law Firms for 2013
Best Lawyers ranked Frankfurt Kurnit one of the "Best Law Firms" of 2013.
Ronald Minkoff Quoted in Bloomberg BNA
Bloomberg BNA Lawyer’s Manual on Professional Conduct quoted Ronald Minkoff on "unfinished hourly fee matters of dissolved law firms".
The Connecticut Law Tribune quoted Ronald Minkoff on whether lawyers disciplined in one state may resign and practice in another state.
Ronald Minkoff Speaks on Professional Conduct and Dissolved Law Firms
Ronald Minkoff in ABA Journal
Th ABA Journal featured Ronald Minkoff's article explaining the ethics issues that may arise if lawyers offer Groupon-style discounted legal services.
Ronald Minkoff Quoted in Reuters Legal
Reuters Legal quoted Ronald Minkoff on the difficulties in finding an impartial juror and the juror's obligation to disclose certain connections.
Ronald Minkoff in the New York Law Journal
A state appeals panel recently rejected an arbitrator's $3 million sanction against oil tycoon Jack Grynberg in a decade-long dispute with BP and Statoil, ruling that the arbitrator exceeded his authority in sanctioning Mr. Grynberg for filing a series of lawsuits in bad faith. The New York Law Journal quoted Ronald Minkoff, who represented Mr. Gynberg, on this matter.
Twenty-two Frankfurt Kurnit Attorneys Named 2012 NY-Area “Super Lawyers”
Super Lawyers listed twenty-two Frankfurt Kurnit attorneys in its 2012 edition.
Eleven Frankfurt Kurnit Lawyers Appear in New York Magazine’s List of the “Best”
New York Magazine named eleven Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz attorney's to its 2012 "New York Area's Best Lawyers" list.
Seventeen Frankfurt Kurnit Attorneys Named 2011 New York-Area “Super Lawyers”
Super Lawyers named seventeen Frankfurt Kurnit attorneys in its 2011 edition.
Ronald Minkoff Quoted in Thomson Reuters News & Insights
Thomson Reuters News & Insights quoted Ron Minkoff in a T article on legal loopholes that exist within the pending "Clean Up Albany Act of 2011" ethics bill aimed at state legislators.
Ronald Minkoff Quoted in the New York Law Journal on Pension Fraud Matter
The New York Law Journal featured Ronald Minkoff in an article about a recusal motion filed by Alan Hevesi, former New York State Comptroller, who has called into question the impartiality of the judge presiding over his widely-publicized pension pay-to-play fraud case.
Frankfurt Kurnit in Best Lawyers 2010
Best Lawyers ranked Frankfurt Kurnit in its 2010 edition.
Ronald Minkoff’s Letter Mentioned in the Minnesota Law Review
The Minnesota Law Review mentioned Ronald Minkoff's letter on judicial discipline to the ABA's Joint Commission on the Model Code of Judicial Conduct in footnote 134 of its 94th volume.
Ethics Corner: Putting the Genie Back What To Do When Your Client has Stolen Documents
Ronald Minkoff Cited in The American Lawyer
The American Lawyer recognized Ronald Minkoff as an ethics expert upon whom Cravath relied in its dispute, over whether Cravath could represent Air Products in a hostile takeover bid of its former client Airgas, with a former client.
Poaching Lawyers: The Legal Risks
One of the more interesting developments in the legal landscape during the past decade has been the marked change in the way law firms look to achieve growth. Rather than exclusively nurture young associates until they climb the ladder to partner, many law firms take what seems an easier road by recruiting business-generating partners and associates from competing law firms.
Ronald Minkoff Quoted in ABA/BNA
The ABA/BNA Lawyer's Manual on Professional Conduct quoted Ronald Minkoff in an article on the 'Middle Way' group of lawyers' attempt to identify a compromise on the subject of lateral screening.
Sealed Document Reveals Morgan & Finnegan’s Defection Woes
The AM Law Daily and the New York Law Journal both recognized Ronald Minkoff as counsel to Christopher Hughes, an attorney who filed a suit in October against Morgan & Finnegan – his former firm.
Ronald Minkoff Appellate Division Decision in the New York Law Journal
The New York Law Journal published Ronald Minkoff’s Appellate Division Decision in Carl v. Cohen.
Who’s My Client? Part I - The Intermittent Client
The New York Professional Responsibility Report featured Ronald C. Minkoff's article, "Who's My Client? Part I - The Intermittent Client" in its February 2008 edition.
Norman Hsu’s Assets Frozen
New York Daily News, New York Post, St. Paul Pioneer Press, Albany Times Union, CBS 5, and the San Jose Mercury News all quoted Ronald C. Minkoff on the development of Norman Hsu's assets being frozen by a New York judge. Frankfurt Kurnit represents Source Financial Investors LLC, in the lawsuit against Mr. Hsu.
Source Financing Investors Sues Norman Hsu
Compilation of Cases Involving Restrictive Covenants Among Law Partners
The ethical rules prohibiting lawyers from entering into restrictive covenants – Model Rule 5.6 and its predecessor, DR 2-108 of the Code of Professional Responsibility – are not as simple as they appear. For those lawyers, schooled under Cohen v. Lord Day & Lord, 75 N.Y.2d 95 (1989), the prohibition appears absolute: lawyers may not enter into agreements with their law partners that require those who leave the firm to forfeit earned compensation or other benefits if they compete with the firm. Some courts take an equally simplistic view.
Taming the Champerty Beast: A Proposal for Funding Class Action Plaintiffs
Being a plaintiff's class action lawyer can make you very rich, but no one ever said it was easy. You first have to find willing class representatives with a decent claim. But class representatives generally lack the resources to pay the enormous expenses of moving the case forward, so you have to fund the cases yourself or get other lawyers to help. Meanwhile, deep-pocket defendants often use their superior resources to turn the case into a battle of attrition.