Sunday, May 16, 2021

Florida Committee approves proposal to amend confidentiality rule to allow disclosure to reply to online criticism

Back in March I reported that Florida Bar’s Professional Ethics Committee requested comments on a formal Ethics Advisory Opinion to provide guidance to lawyers in responding to negative online reviews.  

I am writing today to let you know that the Committee has agreed to publish the opinion; but more importantly also that the committee approved an amendment to Florida Bar Rule 4-1.6 Confidentiality that would allow a lawyer to reveal confidential information that the lawyer deems reasonably necessary to respond to an allegation of criminal wrong doing posted on the internet by a former client.  The Committee will next send the amendment to the Florida Bar Board of Governors. 

The Legal Ethics Advisor blog has the story.

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