Lexington, KY asked in Legal Malpractice for Kentucky

Q: Do ethical rules allow a lawyer to represent client in the court with the judge for whom he personally worked like staff

My ex-husband Lawyer worked for our current judge like staff attorney. What do ethical rules say? Because when a lawyer works for a judge like stuff attorney they develop a personal relationship and in such a situation the judge cannot be impartial. And I have some doubts about the impartiality of the judge due to the fact that my ex-husband‘s lawyer worked like staff attorney for her.

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Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
  • Legal Malpractice Lawyer
  • Louisville, KY
  • Licensed in Kentucky

A: There is not necessarily a direct conflict requiring the lawyer to withdraw or the judge to recuse. There may be the appearance of impropriety, but unless the lawyer gained knowledge about you or your case while working for the judge, neither will be required to withdraw.

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