Kendra Basner and Cassidy Chivers Author Article on the Hollywood Trend of Attorneys and Legal Ethics

May 6, 2016

Kendra L. Basner and Cassidy E. Chivers, San Francisco-based partners in the Lawyers for the Profession® group at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, authored the article "Hollywood swoons over lawyer ethics," published by the Daily Journal on May 6, 2016.

The article analyzes how Hollywood has been making a lawyer's navigation through ethical challenges a main storyline. Ms. Basner and Ms. Chivers identify the elevation of this trend as the 1995 O.J. Simpson murder trial, when cameras were allowed into a Los Angeles courtroom for a live look at the entire 134-day trial. The live broadcast of the trial and subsequent media coverage changed how Americans think about trial lawyers. The article continues discussing the various recent documentaries and movies including "Making of a Murderer," "Serial," and "Spotlight" that touch on attorneys and legal ethics.

To read "Hollywood swoons over lawyer ethics," please visit the Daily Journal website.

Ms. Basner represents clients in a variety of litigation matters from general civil litigation to complex insurance coverage disputes. Her practice primarily focuses on professional liability with an emphasis on the defense of claims against lawyers. 

Ms. Chivers focuses her practice on professional liability and complex insurance coverage litigation in state and federal courts. Her professional liability matters encompass the defense of lawyers and design professionals through trial.

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