Law Office Technology

As Technology Begins to Play a More Pertinent Role in the Legal Practice, Attorney Dan Siegel is Already Ahead of the Revolution.

Mobile technologies have recently become an essential aspect to the legal industry. With our society becoming more technologically advanced every day, individual law firms must do the same in order to keep up with their clientele. According to a 2015 Internet Trends report, average time spent by individuals on mobile devices jumped from 2.7 hours a day in 2008 to 5.6 hours a day in 2015. While mobile technologies provide the opportunity for flexible work schedules and immediate contact with clientele, such devices come with a handful of burdens as well. When working remotely, how does an employee ensure security for a firm’s data? When using a public network, how does one ensure that the confidentiality of a client will be maintained?

Attorney Daniel J. Siegel of the Havertown Law Offices of Daniel J. Siegel, LLC, is not only ahead of the game with the technological revolution, but also uses such resources in a manner that ensure the protection of data and client confidentiality. In addition to practicing law, he also runs a technology consulting firm for lawyers, Integrated Technology Services, LLC . Such diverse knowledge allows Dan Siegel to be a successful attorney by staying up to date on the latest technologies to efficiently earn the best possible outcomes for his clients, all while ensuring their security and confidentiality.

During the time of the Covid-19 pandemic, remote working and mobile technologies have played an increasing role in our everyday lives. If you need an attorney who is flexible and efficient in fighting for your desired outcome, yet also ensures your security and privacy, give us a call at (610) 446-3457 or click here to send an email and learn how we can help you.

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New Pa. Bar Ethics Opinion – Obligations of Lawyers Working Remotely

The Pennsylvania Bar Association Committee on Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility today issued Formal Opinion 2020-300 – Ethical Obligations of Attorneys Working Remotely. The Opinion is intended to provide global guidance to attorneys working from home, not only during the COVID-19 pandemic, but also for those who will work remotely even after the situation returns to “normal.” I am a Vice Chair of and the incoming Chair of the PBA Committee and a contributor to the Opinion. Click here to read the Pa. Bar Association Formal Opinion.

The Opinion provides an ethical analysis of the obligations of attorneys and their staff about how to best comply with their obligation to preserve client confidentiality. In the Introduction, the Opinion states:

“At a minimum, when working remotely, attorneys and their staff have an obligation under the Rules of Professional Conduct to take reasonable precautions to assure that:

  • “All communications, including telephone calls, text messages, email, and video conferencing are conducted in a manner that minimizes the risk of inadvertent disclosure of confidential information;
  • Information transmitted through the Internet is done in a manner that ensures the confidentiality of client communications and other sensitive data;
  • Their remote workspaces are designed to prevent the disclosure of confidential information in both paper and electronic form;
  • Proper procedures are used to secure and backup confidential data stored on electronic devices and in the cloud;
  • Any remotely working staff are educated about and have the resources to make their work compliant with the Rules of Professional Conduct; and,
  • Appropriate forms of data security are used.

This Opinion adopts conclusions from the American Bar Association’s Formal Opinion 477R and provides practical – use-it-now – suggestions for how attorneys can adopt best practices.

My law firm, Law Offices of Daniel J. Siegel, LLC, and my consulting firm, Integrated Technology Services, LLC, provide techno-ethical guidance to attorneys about the issues addressed in the Opinion, and I have been writing and lecturing about these topics for more than a decade.

If you are a lawyer or firm administrator and need guidance on the ethical and/or the technological issues confronting attorneys and staff working remotely, contact Dan Siegel, Christa High or Pam Myers; we are the pioneers of techno-ethics and are here to help you.

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If You Use Gmail or AOL, Are Licensing Away Your Client Data?

Attorney Daniel J. Siegel, Esquire, of the Law Offices of Daniel J. Siegel, LLC and Integrated Technology Services, LLC, is presenting a webinar, “In the Cloud: How to Preserve Confidentiality,” on Monday, February 24, 2014 from 12 noon to 1 p.m. The program is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute.

The webinar will address issues that impact many attorneys, especially those who operate solo or small firms. After all, whether it’s your email, Dropbox, or some other method, you are probably using the cloud to store client information. But how safe and secure is the cloud? Are you doing enough?

Remember, Big Brother is reading your email. He’s sharing it with business associates. And these guys don’t care about confidentiality. Hear from attorney Daniel J. Siegel, Esq., as he explores the ramifications of email and cloud privacy on attorney-client interactions.

Review your ethical obligations to your client

  • Follow the evolution of ethics opinions
  • Review the Rules of Professional Conduct governing client confidentiality
  • Learn how to warn your client of the risks involved with email

Beware the dangers of unprotected email

  • Get familiar with terms of usage for Gmail, AOL, the iPhone and other public providers
  • Spot where and how providers can breach confidentiality
  • Identify risks that exist even for firms with their own domains

Click here to sign up for the program.

 

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