Many courts view the content of Internet websites with skepticism, or as one court put it, the Internet is a “large catalyst for rumor, innuendo, and misinformation.” Lorraine v Markel Am. Ins. Co. (D Md 2007) 241 FRD 534, 555 n30. Watch out—this attitude might impact your efforts to authenticate and get website postings into evidence.
Law firm and solo attorney websites can be effective ways to reach potential clients, but they also carry risks of ethical violations. To avoid these risks, California attorneys should consider both national and state ethics rules (i.e., Cal Rules of Prof Cond 1-400 and Bus & P C §§6157-6159.2) when designing their websites and corresponding with clients or prospective clients online.