Ethics In The Practice Of Law
To be a tough trial lawyer and to be an ethical lawyer is not self-contradictory. Jerry Burleson is both of those. Much of his law practice involves dealing with the duties imposed by statute, rule, custom and case law on directors, officers, and shareholders of privately held corporations. Those legally imposed duties establish high standards of conduct by corporate directors, officers, key executive employees and majority shareholders in the performance of their roles in the governance of the corporation and in the ongoing conduct of the corporation’s business and realization of the value of the investment of the shareholders. We often refer to those standards of conduct as “fiduciary duties” when they are imposed on an officer, director, key employee or majority shareholder to protect the interests of the corporation or its shareholders.
We might say that an ethical director, officer, key executive employee or majority shareholder is one who understands his or her fiduciary duties, and honors and fulfills them. A fiduciary duty is imposed also on the performance by an attorney of his or her legal services for a client. An ethical attorney not only honors and fulfills those fiduciary duties owed to the client, but he or she also is ethical in the work done to perform the legal services for the client. Jerry Burleson is cautious about the work he takes on, always striving to limit his work to cases that have merit and that are worthy of bringing to court. Once he has accepted a case clients find that he is courteous, respectful, keeps them informed of developments and seeks their input, and Jerry works on the case to bring it to a conclusion that meets or exceeds the client’s expectations, although the outcome of litigation can never be guaranteed by any attorney.