Congratulations to Rick Angell on 22 Years with Zupkus & Angell. P.C.!

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This summer marks Rick Angell’s 22nd anniversary with Zupkus & Angell, P.C. Of course, his storied career dates back more than a decade before the formation of Z&A. In a pet project this year, Rick has begun a retrospective on a topic near and dear to his heart: ethics over the past 40 years. We asked him to share a top five list of highlights of this topic in development, which provides food for thought to attorneys both seasoned and new to the profession:

              • It is important to understand that ethical standards do not generate moral behavior.
      • There has been a growing trend of the use of claims of breach of ethics as a litigation tactic, which has influenced the development of ethical practices and the perception of lawyers as ethically constrained actors.
      • A change in the legal industry over the last 40 years has resulted in increased tension between ethical aspirations and making an appropriate living.
        • The legal culture has developed an increased responsibility for, and reliance upon, non-attorneys in the maintenance of ethical practices. At the same time, there is an increased responsibility for the conduct of attorneys sharing your practice.
      • These trends, among others, have contributed to our common sense of ethical malaise compared to the aspirational thinking of 40 years ago. A return of aspirational thinking on ethics, and a change of how we educate young lawyers about ethics, may be the order of the day to save the integrity of the legal industry.

Thank you to Rick for his insights on ethics, and for his years of service to Z&A. We look forward to the great years yet to come!