Professional ethics

I settled my case directly with the opposing counsel, can I buy a gift for the opposing counsel?

I did not have a lawyer representing my lawsuit, but I settled my case directly with the opposing counsel.

Since I have built a good relationship with the opposing counsel, can I buy him a gift showing my appreciation?

Nathan’s Answer

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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