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Insurance Cases
Judges and Judicial Personnel
Jurors, Communications With
Law Firms



Insurance Cases

Adjusters continuing settlement negotiations after suit filed 70-33
Arbitrator, insurance defense attorney serving as
87-10 Attorney-client relationship with insured 97-1
Claimant's attorney
    Communicating with insured directly to give notice of intent to file suit 59-27, 71-3
    Contacting insured directly to obtain assignment of bad faith claim against insurance carrier
    65-70, 71-3
    Forwarding to unrepresented insured copies of correspondence addressed to insurance company
    67-26
    Sending copy of settlement offer directly to insurance company when claimant's attorney suspects that insurance company's attorney is not conveying information
    76-21
Conflict of interests
    Accepting set fee per case from insurance company 98-2
    Attorney employed by insurance carrier to represent defendant advising defendant of plaintiff's offer to release defendant
    65-70
    Insurance company lawyer preparing estate analyses for prospective clients of company
    64-33
Representing
    Carrier and also serving as non-neutral arbitrator 87-10
    Carrier and employer, preparing coverage opinion letter
    93-8
    Insured
      And injured minor when paid by insurer 66-5
      And insurance carrier when interests conflict
      78-17
      Attorney-client relationship with insured or client
      65-70, 70-58, 81-5, 86-6, 97-1, 98-2, 98-3
      In dispute with insurance carrier when carrier is paying fee
      70-58
      When insurance company directs attorney to file for summary judgment
      97-1
      When insurer restricts performance of duties
      81-5
    Insurer and also representing minor or personal representative in friendly suit 66-5, 76-2, 77-18
    One party to accident against second party, then third party against first party
    66-77
    Personal injury plaintiffs against particular insurance company while also representing that company against similar plaintiffs
    65-41, 75-17, 75-17 Rec .
    Physician and insurer in malpractice action 86-6
    Plaintiff in action against another insurance company after plaintiff and lawyer's company settle
    66-7
Duties owed by insurance company's attorney to injured minor 66-5
Duty of lawyer paid by insurance carrier to advise insured of plaintiff's offer to release insured
65-70
Fee, set fee per case from insurance company
98-2
Filing suit to resolve fee dispute with subrogated insurer
61-33
"Firm name" used by in-house counsel
98-3
In-house attorney's letterhead and business cards disclosing relationship with insurer
98-3
Negotiating with insurance company adjusters
    Generally 70-33
    Nonlawyer employee of law firm handling negotiations
    74-3
Preparing coverage opinion letter when representing carrier and employer 93-8
Referring clients to insurance carrier in return for referral fee
67-25
Settlement offer conditioned upon direct payment into checking account in client's name
00-2, 00-2 (Rec)
Statement of Client's Rights
02-7
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Judges and Judicial Personnel

Campaigns endorsements or opposition from lawyers 61-43, 70-20
Former judge's use of title "Judge"
73-27, 73-31, 75-34, 87-9, A-09-1
Former law clerk to federal judge performing legal services for trustee in bankruptcy matter in which he was formerly involved
76-24
Name used in firm name
64-20, 67-8
Practice before court by
    County commissioner who is attorney 59-10
    Former law clerk
    76-24
    Lawyer whose partner is city official empowered to appoint municipal judges
    62-5
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Jurors, Communications With

Grand jurors 74-6
Lawyer approached by juror
66-47
Notice of intention to interview
69-17, 70-45
Petit jurors
69-17
Seeking participation of former jurors in seminar
71-40
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Law Firms

Associate
    Also maintaining individual law practice 76-7, 93-6, 93-7
    Name included in firm name
    74-20
    Notifying clients when departing from law firm
    ,93-4
Bona Fide law firm discussed 74-48, 93-6, 93-7
Dissolving firm disposing of client files
71-62
Employee benefits
    Affiliating with client corporation to obtain group insurance benefits 64-75
    Pension plan
    68-58
Employment of lawyer admitted in another state but not in Florida 67-39, 68-49, 73-41
Fee arrangement when attorney leaves firm
93-4, 94-1
Fictitious name statute
74-20
Files.
See Files .
Interstate Law Firms
Joint venture between law firms 93-6
Lawyers employed by one professional association forming second professional association to work for first
73-12
Lawyer temporaries
88-12
Legal Assistants.
See Legal Assistants and Nonlawyer Employees .
Letterhead. See
Letterhead and Cards .
Listing attorneys who are not yet admitted in Florida on letterhead
61-14, 68-49
Marketing director
89-4
Marriage counselor permitted to use firm's facilities to counsel its clients
72-4
Mediation department operated within firm
94-6
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Name Nonlawyer Employees. See Legal Assistants and Nonlawyer Employees .
Notification of clients when attorney leaves firm
, 69-1, 71-62, 93-4
"Of Counsel". See
"Of Counsel" .
Office equipment, confidentiality in use of 10-2
Outsourcing
07-2
Paralegals. See Legal Assistants and Nonlawyer Employees .
Partnership that includes professional associations
79-1
Pension plan for lay employees
68-58
Practicing simultaneously in two law firms
76-7, 93-6, 93-7
Professional associations. See
Professional Associations .
Restrictions on right to practice in employment agreement
93-4
Sale of Law Practice
03-1
Supervising attorney influencing lawyer's professional judgment
78-15
Suspended attorney doing research for firm
62-26, 62-26 Rec.
Temporary placements for lawyers
88-12
Withdrawing partner removing client files
69-1
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[Revised: 08-24-2011]