While this attorney liability column often touches on ethical concerns, I intend to do so only in relation to civil liability. For example, this column previously addressed Maritrans GP v. Pepper Hamilton & Scheetz, 529 Pa. 241, 602 A.2d 1277, 1283 (Pa.1992), which stands for the proposition that an attorney's violation of the Rules of Professional Conduct does not give rise to a per se civil cause of action but instead allows the RPC to set a legal standard upon which its claimed deviation's causation may inform civil liability. This month's article will be no different. It is not intended to give ethical advice (for that, you should turn to Samuel Stretton's weekly Ethics Forum).
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