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Lorne Shelson Lorne Shelson is Litigation Director & Counsel at LAWPRO.


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Practice Pitfalls of Public Interest Advocacy

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Representing a public interest group can be risky for lawyers. Such a group may, for example, be the target of a SLAPP (strategic litigation against public policy) lawsuit, with enormous costs consequences that its members did not anticipate. Lawyers are sometimes even named as defendants in such lawsuits. In one case, a lawyer who represented… Read More »

Categories: Communication Errors, Risk Management Strategies, Civil Litigation, Conflicts of Interest

Failure to communicate barriers to enforcement of terms of preferred lending practice

communication-errors

In his article “Manage Malpractice Risk by Recognizing Cultural Diversity“, Lorne Shelson (Litigation Director & Counsel in the Specialty Claims Department at LAWPRO) gives five ‘culturally-based’ claims scenarios loosely based on real LAWPRO claims. Here is one scenario: A woman needed to refinance her home to raise funds for her business. Due to her religious… Read More »

Categories: Communication Errors

The need to respect a client’s cultural traditions

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In his article “Manage Malpractice Risk by Recognizing Cultural Diversity“, Lorne Shelson (Litigation Director & Counsel in the Specialty Claims Department at LAWPRO) gives five ‘culturally-based’ claims scenarios loosely based on real LAWPRO claims. Here is one scenario: A lawyer appeared on behalf of a client on a criminal matter. During a break in the… Read More »

Categories: Communication Errors

Cautionary tale of a lawyer targetted for fraud by a paralegal of the same cultural background

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In his article “Manage Malpractice Risk by Recognizing Cultural Diversity“, Lorne Shelson (Litigation Director & Counsel in the Specialty Claims Department at LAWPRO) gives five ‘culturally-based’ claims scenarios loosely based on real LAWPRO claims. Here is one scenario: A lawyer was both a member of a racialized community and first licensed as a lawyer in… Read More »

Categories: Fraud Prevention

Failure to properly balance cultural practices and Canadian commercial standards casts suspicion of fraud over lawyer

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In his article “Manage Malpractice Risk by Recognizing Cultural Diversity“, Lorne Shelson (Litigation Director & Counsel in the Specialty Claims Department at LAWPRO) gives five ‘culturally-based’ claims scenarios loosely based on real LAWPRO claims. Here is one scenario: The lawyer belonged to a tight-knit community where loan transactions were rarely documented. Community members generally relied… Read More »

Categories: Law Practice Management

Reliance on cultural norms leads lawyer to act without full instructions

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In his article “Manage Malpractice Risk by Recognizing Cultural Diversity“, Lorne Shelson (Litigation Director & Counsel in the Specialty Claims Department at LAWPRO) gives five ‘culturally-based’ claims scenarios loosely based on real LAWPRO claims. Here is one scenario: A man retained a lawyer to commence a medical malpractice lawsuit. The man believed that his wife… Read More »

Categories: Risk Management Strategies
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