Social media is ubiquitous in a lawyer’s personal and professional life. What began as a fun way to connect with friends and family is now a tool for law firms to build their “brand” and to connect with potential clients. At the same time, lawyers can create risks in their professional lives depending on what they put online.

There have been many instances of public figures putting their foot in their mouth with unadvisable social media posts. It is clear that no one gets a free pass simply because a post is made in a “personal” capacity. Any posting can have a significant impact regardless of its original intent.