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 appointed to the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Delivery of Legal Services, the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association, and the Nominating Committee of the New York County Lawyers Association. He 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 co-Chair of the Committee on Professionalism and Professional Discipline 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 has written extensively for the New York Professional Responsibility Report, The Professional Lawyer, The New York Law Journal, and other publications. He is the former co-Managing Editor of the New York Legal Ethics Reporter and author of Lexology’s New York Professional Negligence Navigator. He has served as an Adjunct Professor of Professional Responsibility at Columbia University Law School, NYU School of Law, Cardozo Law School, Fordham University.
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 in America 2019 and 2021 "Lawyer of the Year" in Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
Best Lawyers in America 2011 "Lawyer of the Year" in New York Ethics and Professional Responsibility
Recognized by Best Lawyers in America 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 fifteen consecutive years
Columbia University School of Law (JD)
Upcoming Speaking Engagements
2021 National Conference on Professional Responsibility
Ronald C. Minkoff presents "Regulatory Reform: Debating the Key Issues" during the American Bar Association's 2021 National Conference on Professional Responsibility.
June 3 2021
Past Speaking Engagements
Ethics of Remote Work
Ronald C. Minkoff is a speaker during Procopio's ethics of remote work webinar.
March 24 2021
Ethics in Social Media 2021
Ronald C. Minkoff presents “Social Media Ethics – Top Risks, Developments and Emerging Issues” during the Practising Law Institute’s Ethics in Social Media live webcast.
March 12 2021
Finding the Balance: Data Security, Privilege, Disclosure & Malpractice Liability in the Age of the Clouds
Ronald C. Minkoff presents “Finding the Balance: Data Security, Privilege, Disclosure & Malpractice Liability in the Age of the Clouds” during a program for the New York State Bar Association.
March 10 2021
Ethics of Client Billing and Fee Collection
Ronald C. Minkoff presents “Ethics of Client Billing and Fee Collection: Balancing Financial Interests and Fiduciary Obligations” during a webinar for Stafford.
February 4 2021
Frankfurt Kurnit’s Third Annual Litigation Ethics Summit Webinar
Frankfurt Kurnit is hosting its Third Annual Litigation Ethics Summit -- a complimentary CLE for corporate counsel, law firm general counsel, partners with responsibility for law firm compliance and risk management, and other lawyers with interest in professional responsibility issues. Read more.
November 13 2020
Yale Law School Medial Law Project
Ronald C. Minkoff speaks on conflicts of interest for LLCs and corporations for the Yale Law School Medial Law Project.
October 2 2020
PLI’s 51st Annual Estate Planning Institute
Ronald C. Minkoff presents “The Future of Trusts & Estates Lawyering: The Ethical Implications” during the Practising Law Institute's 51st Annual Estate Planning Institute webinar.
September 14 2020
PLI: The Law and Ethics of NewLaw
Ronald C. Minkoff presents “Ethics of Multi-Jurisdictional Practice” during the Practising Law Institute's Law and Ethics of NewLaw webinar.
September 8 2020
Ronald C. Minkoff presents “Attorney Fees & Ethics: It Pays To Be Reasonable” during a webinar for the National Association of Legal Fees Analysis.
April 30 2020
Legal Fees and How to Ethically Collect Them
November 21 2019
PLI’s The Law and Ethics of NewLaw
Ronald C. Minkoff moderates “Ethics of Multi-Jurisdictional Practice” during a panel at the Pracistisng Law Institute in San Francisco.
October 30 2019
Frankfurt Kurnit’s Second Annual Litigation Ethics Summit
Frankfurt Kurnit hosts its Second Annual Litigation Ethics Summit -- a complimentary CLE for corporate counsel, law firm general counsel, partners with responsibility for law firm compliance and risk management, and other lawyers with interest in professional responsibility issues. Read more.
October 24 2019
PLI’s 50th Annual Estate Planning Institute
Ronald C. Minkoff is a panelist on “Ethical Issues for Estate Planners” at the 50th Annual Estate Planning Institute.
September 16 2019
Law of Shale Plays Conference
Ronald C. Minkoff presents "We’re Not in Kansas Anymore – Or Are We? Multijurisdictional Practice for the Oil and Gas Lawyer" at the 10th Law of Shale Plays Conference in Pittsburgh. More information here.
September 5 2019
The Conference Board’s Well-Being in the Legal Profession Event
Ronald C. Minkoff presents a Risk Management & Ethics session at The Conference Board’s “Advancing Well-Being in the Legal Profession: Tackling Substance Use Disorder, Anxiety, Depression & Mental Diagnosis Head On” event.
June 18 2019
American Bar Association CLE
May 20 2019
What You Should Know: Legal Ethics Pitfalls and Hot Issues Attorneys Encounter
Ronald C. Minkoff presents "What You Should Know: Legal Ethics Pitfalls and Hot Issues Attorneys Encounter” on an American Bar Association webinar.
May 20 2019
New York State Bar Association Annual Meeting 2019
Ronald C. Minkoff and Nicole Hyland present “The Wheel of Fortune: Hot Topics in Ethics for Entertainment Lawyers” for the Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section of the New York State Bar Association. More information here.
January 15 2019
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 C. 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). Ronald C. 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
What’s Ahead For Giuliani? Legal Experts Weigh In
Law360 Pulse quotes Richard Maltz on the process to sanction attorneys in New York. Ronald C. Minkoff is quoted on the ethics complaint, emphasizing the same standards apply to any lawyer and Giuliani is not entitled to special treatment. (Behind paywall) View Article
Davis Polk Defending Paul Hastings in $55M Legal Malpractice Suit Over Rent Terms
The New York Law Journal mentions Ronald C. Minkoff as counsel to West 87 LP and other real estate entities in the malpractice lawsuit against Paul Hastings. Mr. Minkoff notes there was a drafting error in the contract and the lawsuit would exist regardless of any downturn in the real estate market. (Behind paywall) View Article
NYC Bar Association Joins Push to Have Giuliani Investigated to Be Disbarred
CNN Politics and Mediaite quote Ronald C. Minkoff on the New York City Bar Association’s complaint against Rudolph Giuliani and the attorney discipline process handled by the Attorney Grievance Committee for the First Department in New York. View Article
Giuliani Hit with Another Disciplinary Complaint Over False Claims, Rhetoric
Reuters mentions Ronald C. Minkoff as counsel to Michael Miller, and 55 other attorneys, law professors and retired judges that filed an ethics complaint against Rudolph Giuliani. Mr. Minkoff said the complaint will be investigated by the attorney grievance committee of the New York First Judicial Department and that the proceedings are secret pending the court's final decision. View Article
Bar Association Leaders Lead Latest Demand to Discipline Giuliani for Post-Election Conduct
The New York Law Journal mentions Ronald C. Minkoff as counsel that submitted the ethics complaint against Rudolph Giuliani on behalf of New York State Bar Association Past President Michael Miller. (Behind paywall) View Article
The Impaired Lawyer: A Modern Conundrum
PLI Current: The Journal of PLI Press published Ronald C. Minkoff’s article “The Impaired Lawyer: A Modern Conundrum” which discusses the legal and ethical issues caused by an impaired lawyer using hypothetical attorneys. View Article
Cop-Shoving Judge Ruled For Atty Paying Him A $35K Debt
Thirty-five Frankfurt Kurnit Attorneys Named to Super Lawyers Metro List for 2020
The list includes: Christopher R. Chase, Victoria Cook, Lisa E. Davis, Catherine M.C. Farrelly, Michael P. Frankfurt, Hayden Goldblatt, Jeffrey A. Greenbaum, John B. Harris, Richard B. Heller, Richard Hofstetter, Nicole Hyland, Candice Kersh, Rick Kurnit, Brian E. Maas, Richard Maltz, Jeffrey Marks, Kimberly Maynard, Mark Merriman, Ronald C. Minkoff, Brian G. Murphy, Edward H. Rosenthal, Terri Seligman, Thomas D. Selz, Barbara E. Shiers, Wendy Stryker, Linda Wank, S. Jean Ward, Craig Whitney and Maura Wogan. Marcie Cleary, Christina Jenkins, Sasha Levites, Tyler Maulsby, Adam Osterweil and Rachel Santori are listed as “Rising Stars.” Read more.
Another Good Comment on the Recently Approved Changes to Regulation in Arizona
Professor Alberto Bernabe from The University of Illinois at Chicago John Marshall Law School shared Ronald C. Minkoff’ s blog post “Arizona's Sweeping Rule Changes Permit More Non-Lawyer Involvement in Legal Services” on his own Professional Responsibility blog. View Article
The Best Lawyers in America 2021
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. Read more.
California Judge Denies Injunction Against LegalMatch
Pierce Bainbridge Funder Targets Ex-Partners In Debt Chase
In Case You Missed It: Hottest Firms and Stories on Law360
Judicial Shaming of Attorneys is Troubling Even During Pandemic
A Primer On New York’s COVID-19 Executive Orders and What They Mean for Your Practice
This past week, New York has taken a number of steps to restrict movement in and around the State in an effort to contain the COVID-19 crisis. Governor Andrew Cuomo has issued executive orders and the chief judges of the state and federal courts have issued administrative orders that have had a sweeping impact on the legal industry as well as the business community at large. Read more.
NY County Says Meyer Suozzi Betrayed It In Opioid Case
NY Bar Calls For ‘Safe Harbor’ Rule On Fee-Based Referrals
Law360 mentions Ronald C. Minkoff as part of the task force that created the New York County bar report studying legal, ethical and policy issues related to fee-based services. (Behind paywall) View Article
ABA Opinion Limits Restrictions on Departing Partners
There’s important news for law firm leaders who have recently revised partnership and shareholder agreements to restrict partner departures. In ABA Formal Opinion 489, the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility spells out new limits on notice periods, on rules governing communications with clients, and on so-called “ownership” of clients. Here’s what firm managers need to know to stay on the right side of the ethics rules. Read more.
Justice Ginsburg Roasted in Operatic Fashion by NYC Bar
Law360 covers the New York City Bar Association’s biennial “Twelfth Night” production in which legal stars are honored via a musical comedy roast. Ronald C. Minkoff sang in the production playing the late Justice Felix Frankfurter. (Behind paywall) View Article
A Red Line at Last: ABA Formal Opinion 489 (2019)
The American Bar Association’s Professional Liability Litigation Committee published Ronald C. Minkoff's article “A Red Line at Last: ABA Formal Opinion 489 (2019).” The article discusses the December 2019 Formal Opinion by the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility prohibiting anticompetitive practices by law firms seeking to discourage partners from leaving. (Behind paywall) View Article
Feds Seek To Jam Revolving Door In High-Profile Cases
Did Rudy Giuliani Nullify His Attorney-Client Protections?
Presence of Client’s Parents Waived Privilege Claim
The American Bar Association quotes Ronald C. Minkoff on a recent Colorado Supreme Court case. Mr. Minkoff notes the consequences of recording meetings in the presence of a third party. (Behind paywall) View Article
Thirty-one Frankfurt Kurnit Attorneys Named to Super Lawyers Metro List for 2019
Super Lawyers magazine lists thirty-two Frankfurt Kurnit attorneys in its 2019 NY-area edition. Read more.
New York Takes the Lead on Online Document Providers
The New York State Bar Association Journal published Ronald C. Minkoff’s article “New York Takes the Lead on Online Document Providers.” The article discusses the impact of technology on the practice of law specifically, the pros and cons to the recent growth of the online document provider industry. (Reprinted with permission from: New York State Bar Association Journal, September/October 2019, Vol. 91, No. 7, published by the New York State Bar Association, One Elk Street, Albany, NY 12207.) View Article
The Law On Laterals: 5 Decisions To Know
Federal Judge Did Not Disclose Connection to Player in Lawsuit, Records Show
Willkie Atty in ‘Varsity Blues’ Scandal Could Practice Again
Professional Negligence in New York
Law Firms Face Malpractice Risk Over Substance Abuse, Poor Mental Health
Simpson Suit Spotlights In-House Counsel’s Clashing Roles
Thirty-four Frankfurt Kurnit Attorneys Named in Super Lawyers Magazine for 2018
Super Lawyers magazine lists thirty-four Frankfurt Kurnit attorneys in its 2018 edition. Read more.
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. Read more.
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. Read more.
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) View Article
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 C. 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.) View Article
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. View Article
‘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) View Article
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. Read more.
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 Read more.
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. View Article
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"). Read more.
Thirty-five Frankfurt Kurnit Attorneys Named “Super Lawyers” for 2016
Super Lawyers listed thirty-five Frankfurt Kurnit attorneys in its 2016 edition. Read more.
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. Read more.
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. Read more.
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. Read more.
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. Read more.
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. Read more.
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. Read more.
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. Read more.
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. View Article
Thirty-three Frankfurt Kurnit Attorneys Named “Super Lawyers” for 2015
Super Lawyers listed thirty-three Frankfurt Kurnit attorneys in its 2015 edition. Read more.
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. Read more.
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. Read more.
Thirty-one Frankfurt Kurnit Attorneys Named “Super Lawyers” for 2014
Super Lawyers listed thirty-one Frankfurt Kurnit attorneys in its 2014 edition. Read more.
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. Read more.
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. View 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. Read more.
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". Read more.
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.
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. Read more.
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. Read more.
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. Read more.
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. Read more.
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. Read more.