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Erin Giglia and Laurie Rowen to Speak about Ethics for OCBA’s Corporate Counsel Section

OCBA_logo1On Tuesday, January 13th, Montage co-owners/founders, Erin Giglia and Laurie Rowen will be speaking at the OCBA’s Corporate Counsel section meeting on “The Ethics of Contract Lawyering.” The presentation will focus on an analysis of the ethical rules that come into play with an in-house legal department utilizes freelance or contract attorneys to assist with legal projects.  The presentation will discuss the following:

  • Conflicts of Interest: What does an in-house legal department need to know about conflicts of interest when contract/freelance lawyers are working directly or indirectly for them?
  • Aiding and Abetting the Unlawful Practice of Law: Does an in-house legal department violate this ethical rule when they utilize contract attorneys from off-shore LPOs?
  • Duty of Competence: How can clients avoid what occurred in the J-M Manufacturing Company, Inc. v. McDermott Will & Emery lawsuit with respect to the Duty of Competence?
  • Duty to Inform the Client: Do law firms need to tell their general counsel clients when they are using freelance/contract attorneys?
  • Fees Billed to Client: Can a law firm upcharge their rates billed to an in-house legal department when using freelance/contract attorneys?
  • Duty to Preserve Client Confidences: Are the client’s confidences preserved when a law firm working for an in-house legal department uses freelance/contract attorney for projects?

The presentation, “The Ethics of Contract Lawyering,” will be held at The Pacific Club located at 4110 MacArthur Blvd. in Newport Beach, CA from noon to 1:30 PM.  One Hour of Elimination of Bias MCLE Credit is available. To register, visit the link here: Corporate Counsel Meeting 1.13.15.  [Please note: Only in-house counsel are permitted to register and attend this event.]

Date: Tuesday, January 13, 2015

When: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Where: The Pacific Club located at 4110 MacArthur Blvd. in Newport Beach, CA

Register: Download the flyer here: Corporate Counsel Meeting Registration Flyer

For more information about the ethics of contract/freelawering as it relates to corporate counsel legal departments, please contact Laurie and Erin at

OC Bar Foundation’s 2nd Annual Game Day Fundraiser

Attention football fans (and everyone else!): This Saturday, January 10th is the Orange County Bar Foundation’s (“OCBF”) 2nd Annual Game Day Fundraiser to support their many programs geared to Orange County youth and families. It’s a great event where you can watch the NFL playoff game (Pats vs. Ravens), drink craft beer or fresh margaritasContinue Reading

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Meet the Author of Good Parents Worry, Great Parents Plan

By Laurie Rowen Every parent worries about what would happen to their children if the parents were seriously injured or passed away. Who would love your kids, care for them, and provide for them, in the way you do now? In Good Parents Worry, Great Parents Plan, top family trust attorney and mother of fourContinue Reading

Lawpreneur Radio Features Montage Legal Group

by Laurie Rowen It is always an honor and a privilege to talk about Montage Legal Group, but its even more fun when we get to talk to a friend (especially if that friend has a radio show). Miranda McCroskey was kind enough to feature Montage Legal Group’s Erin Giglia on her terrific radio show, LawpreneurContinue Reading

I Ain’t Afraid of No Ghost! Ethics of Ghostwriting by Freelance Attorneys

by Laurie Rowen Isabelle Smith’s recent article – “I Ain’t Afraid of No Ghost!: A Review of the OCBA Formal Opinion 2014-1 on Ghostwriting by Contract Lawyers and Out-of-State Lawyers” appears in the December 2014 issue of the OC Lawyer Magazine.  Isabelle, a former partner at Howrey, LLP and a freelance lawyer with Montage LegalContinue Reading

Erin Giglia Meets Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor

By Erin Giglia I had the pleasure and honor of meeting Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on October 18, 2014 at the University of San Diego School of Law.  Meeting a Supreme Court Justice can be an intimidating experience.  After all, her opinions interpret United States laws, which impact our every day lives.  She isContinue Reading

Is That Clarence Thomas Sleeping on the Bench? Amy’s Trip to the Supreme Court in Riverside Lawyer Magazine

by Erin Giglia Does every law student think about standing before the United States Supreme Court?  They probably do – at least for a minute.  Most practicing litigators never make it to Washington, D.C., let alone in front of the Supreme Court Justices, but as lawyers, we probably all think it would be cool (and terrifying).Continue Reading

How Can Law Firms Keep Good Lawyers? A Survey

We Need YOUR Opinion! Attorney flight from law firms, especially for women, is well-known and documented. Some leave the law altogether, while others seek different law firms, legal careers, or alternative ways to practice law.  Many law firms are already doing a lot to retain talented attorneys like providing part-time programs and mentors.  Despite efforts,Continue Reading

Business Development From a Woman’s Perspective (October 7th MCLE)

The Orange County Women Lawyer’s Association, OCBA’s Mommy Esquire Committee and the Diversity Task Force are co-sponsoring an Elimination of Bias MCLE: “Business Development From A Woman’s Perspective.” The October 7th CLE will be held at noon at the Grand Catered Events in Santa Ana, and will provide you with 1 hour of Elimination of BiasContinue Reading