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Legal Counsel: Does Ghostwriting by Lawyers Violate Ethical Rules?

Posted by Frank Steinberg | Mar 22, 2007 | 0 Comments

This morning Law.com reports on an interesting decision by a federal Magistrate Judge in New Jersey in an ERISA case.  Here's the article.  In brief, the court ruled that a lawyer who was helping a pro se litigant behind the scenes — by "ghostwriting" documents that were submitted to the court — may have violated ethical rules by doing so.

The court ordered the attorney to either enter a formal appearance for the litigant or to stop communicating with her about the case.

We offer this article without comment at this time since it seems clear that the court will be heard from again on this rather unique issue in the near future. 

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Frank Steinberg

Frank is the founder and principal of Steinberg Law, LLC. A Jersey boy born and bred, he focuses on employment litigation and counseling, business litigation,  and aviation law. Following law school and a clerkship in the federal district court Frank spent his early career with large litigation ...

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