I settled my case directly with the opposing counsel, can I buy a gift for the opposing counsel?
Since I have built a good relationship with the opposing counsel, can I buy him a gift showing my appreciation?
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Since you did not have counsel, you technically were your own counsel. If you were represented by counsel, would you want your counsel sending anything but a courteous thanks by email or mail to opposing counsel? My suggestion would be to keep it professional as you may run into opposing counsel again, and you would not want opposing counsel suggesting you attempted to bribe or influence him or her in any untoward way.
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in my professional opinion it would be improper for the attorney to accept any gift, regardless of the size or amount. if I was in that attorneys shoes I would return any such gift. It is not a reflection on you, but on our duties to our clients and thearms-length professional nature of our relationship to opposing parties.
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Your gift will be interpreted by his office staff and by him as an expression of an invitation to establish a social or romantic relationship. Sorry, I am sure that is not your intention and never crossed your mind, but this is an unfair world and that is exactly how it will be perceived. And that is not good for you -- or for him. You run the risk of costing him a client, just for starters. If he is single and interested, he will call. He doesn't need the prompt of a gift now that the case is concluded. If he is not single, or isn't interested, he won't -- and the gift won't make the difference and will be just a too-obvious move. Or at least that is how it will be understood.
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I think this is very kind of you to even consider. I would be uncomfortable if the opposing side sent me a gift of any value though. If you want to send a gift, send along a card or something nominal.
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I'm sure your offer would be appreciated, but it might make the lawyer uncomfortable. If his client found out that you sent the lawyer a gift, that could really cause a headache with the state bar.
A card thanking the lawyer for his professional courtesy would probably be a better way for you to express your feelings.
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You could buy him a gift to show your appreciation and willingness to work with you. I would suggest you keep the gift nominal in amount, otherwise he will not be able to accept it. There are rules we have to abide by and a gift that equates to a large sum could be construed as a payment or bribe.
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