Ethics of Lawyer LinkedIn Profiles

Are you a lawyer with a LinkedIn profile? You may want to consider how you’re portraying yourself in your profile. If you are accurately and honestly listing what you do, you should be fine. However, if you are stating that you practice a type of law you don’t or you are advertising for services, it could be a red flag. According to ABA Journal:

Lawyers should exclude inaccurate recommendations and endorsements, according to the March 10 opinion (PDF) by the New York County Lawyers Association Professional Ethics Committee. The opinion provides an example. A lawyer who practices matrimonial law should remove an endorsement for international transactional law if the lawyer has no actual experience in the area.

The National Law Journal also weighed in the on the subject and discussed the fact that an attorney LinkedIn profile may be a form of advertising. It also addressed a disclaimer on profiles that say prior results don’t guarantee similar outcomes. For instance, if a lawyer achieved a not guilty verdict for a client in one case, that doesn’t mean it guarantees the same result in another case. Either way, lawyers should stay tuned to further ethic decisions in regard to LinkedIn profiles.What do you do if you find that your profile is not up to the code of ethics? You can fix it yourself to ensure that you are remaining within the law. For instance, add the aforementioned disclaimer. Make sure that when you list yourself as a specialist, you only list what you are certified in.

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