5 Social Media Land Mines Lawyers Should Avoid

July 31, 2015

By Keith Goldberg

Social media contains plenty of opportunities for attorneys to boost their profile, and ultimately, their business. It also contains plenty of potential land mines that can derail a career.

The latest lawyer to publicly trip one: outspoken U.S. District Judge Richard G. Kopf, who could face disciplinary action over a post on his personal blog in which he called Sen. Ted Cruz a “wacko” unfit for the White House.


“Lawyers that are very thoughtful in their in-person communications need to remember that just because you’re tapping something into your phone or taking a video of yourself … those laws and rules still apply,” says Jeremy Mishkin, who co-chairs Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP’s litigation practice and frequently handles Internet and media law issues. “The most common mistake that manifests itself with a lawyer is that they forget they have a duty of confidentiality to their clients. That [social media post] ends up compromising a confidence or disclosure.”


–Additional reporting Andrew Strickler and Lisa Ryan. Editing Jeremy Barker and Patricia K. Cole.

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