As an attorney one of the things that is most important to me is my integrity and always, without exception, acting in an ethical manner. My conduct with my clients, the court, other attorneys and everyone I deal with must be above reproach. I would have it no other way.
This is not a choice an attorney can make. It is a standard we are ethically required to meet. In fact all attorneys, and even the practice of law, are governed by the Rules of Professional Conduct. These Rules are clearly stated in the Rules Governing the Courts of New Jersey. Each state has their own set of rules which follow the Canons of Professional Ethics and the Code of Professional Responsibility authored by the American Bar Association.
In New Jersey, as well as most other states, the conduct of attorneys is regulated by the Supreme Court. The rules provide clear, enforceable standards of behavior for attorneys. When an attorney violates these rules there are disciplinary consequences of varying degree. Over the next few blog entries I will discuss some of the most significant and important Ethical canons and rules of Professional Responsibility.
As a client who may someday rely upon the services of an attorney it is imperative you have the knowledge that your attorney will maintain the highest ethical standards. You should accept nothing less. Especially in my field of personal injury where sometimes people are skeptical to begin with; these standards of conduct are of even greater significance. The way that I prove and show my conduct to my clients is through effective communication. I and all the attorneys at this firm believe in diligently representing our clients and doing so in an ethical and professional manner.
Mike Foster is a Shareholder in Stark & Stark’s Marlton, New Jersey office, specializing in Accident & Personal Injury Law. For more information, please contact Mr. Foster.