Bruce Budner

Lawyers already rounding up clients for Wine Country fires

Bruce Budner quoted by San Francisco Chronicle, Oct. 17, 2017

“We have to distinguish between bad taste and unethical. Sure, the timing of this may put some people off. Maybe for good reason,” Budner said. If he were defending the firms in the court of public opinion, “I might say sure, this may seem premature to some, but the sooner a lawsuit gets filed, the sooner evidence can be protected.”

State Bar of California weighs attorney-client sex ban

Bruce Budner quoted by The Press Democrat, Dec. 7, 2016

“Lawyers are in a position to subtly — or not so subtly — exert undue influence over clients,” said Bruce Budner, who teaches ethics at UC Berkeley School of Law. “It’s very hard to establish when this has taken place. So it’s better to have a bright line that the bar can enforce and prosecute.”

Clash of former clients puts Orrick in hot spot

Bruce Budner quoted in The Recorder (registration required), Nov. 4, 2015

Large firm conflict systems usually involve inputting “a pretty robust set of information” to make sure firms don’t “unwittingly take on conflicting representations,” Budner added. “But there’s no perfect system for detecting every conflict.”

Burke Williams sued over retainer agreement

Bruce Budner quoted in Daily Journal (registration required), August 8, 2014

Bruce Budner, a professor at UC Berkeley School of Law who has experience suing law firms, said such complaints are very uncommon. “I haven’t heard of a class action against a law firm in this type of situation.”