Conflicts of Interest Policy
LegalResearch.com avoids conflicts of interest by declining assignments if it or its Research Attorneys have provided services to opposing counsel on the same case. LegalResearch.com accepts research and writing projects on a first-come, first-served basis. With each customer request LegalResearch.com asks its attorney-customer to identify:
- all opposing counsel;
- the firm names of each opposing counsel; and
- each party to the lawsuit.
This information is then cross-referenced against LegalResearch.com’s conflicts file. If LegalResearch.com’s services have been employed by opposing counsel for any issue in that case, the second attorney is informed, and LegalResearch.com declines the assignment. Although this policy exceeds accepted ethical obligations, LegalResearch.com adopted this policy to assure independence of its research judgment and eliminate apprehension about LegalResearch.com working on both sides of a case.
LegalResearch.com Contracts with its Research Attorneys
LegalResearch.com also guards against possible conflicts through its contractual arrangements. LegalResearch.com Research Attorney contracts prohibit them from undertaking projects that create a conflict of interest. If he or she identifies a potential conflict, he or she is obligated to inform LegalResearch.com, and to cease work on the project. Such projects will be reassigned unless LegalResearch.com, in consultation with its customers, resolves the conflict.
All of LegalResearch.com’s Research Attorneys are licensed attorneys obligated to comply with the ethical requirements of their licensing state. As of the year 2013, 49 states (including Minnesota, LegalResearch.com’s headquarters), the District of Columbia, and the US Virgin Islands have adopted a version of the ABA’s Model Rules of Professional Conduct. See Minn. Rules of Professional Conduct. (California has adopted its own rules for attorney ethics. See California Rules of Professional Conduct (2013).) LegalResearch.com’s Research Attorneys are bound by several ethical rules that are specifically designed to avoid conflicts of interest. See, e.g., Rules 1.7–1.11.