Cal. Litig. 2020, Volume 33, Number 1

Embracing Evolution in the Delivery of Legal Services

By David Majchrzak

David Majchrzak is a seasoned ethicist, a certified specialist by the State Bar of California in legal malpractice law, and a shareholder with Klinedinst PC. David is rated AV®Preeminentâ„¢ by Martindale-Hubbell and, among many other bar-related activities, serves as co-chair of California Lawyers Association’s first Ethics Committee.

Several jurisdictions and law-related organizations, including California, Arizona, Utah, the American Bar Association, and the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, are considering making fundamental changes in the legal industry. This includes opening up the practice of law to a broader group of professionals, permitting non-lawyers to have ownership interests in law firms, and further revising advertising rules. Although these concepts are not new, they usually have been dismissed fairly quickly in the name of public protection. But these ideas are gaining traction and it may not pose as much a threat to litigants (or litigators) as many may instinctively suspect.

Where We Are Justifies Some Changes Being Made

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