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Law Practice,
Civil Litigation,
California Supreme Court

Jun. 25, 2018

Waiving in the Dark?

As nearly $4 million in fees hang in the balance, the California Supreme Court debates whether and how firms can effectively use advance conflict-of-interest waivers, particularly with sophisticated clients. Amici Stephen Raucher (Reuben Raucher & Blum), Jennifer LaGrange (Spertus, Landes & Umhofer), and Richard Painter (U Minn. Law) offer competing views, and describe the potential ramifications on law firm practice and the availability of legal representation as momentous.

Stephen L. Raucher

Partner, Reuben Raucher & Blum


Stephen practices complex business litigation, with an emphasis on representing policyholders in insurance disputes.

Jennifer LaGrange

Spertus, Landes & Umhofer

Richard W. Painter


Brian Cardile

Rulings Editor, Podcast Host, 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reporter

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