After a brief discussion of the history of the attorney lien in Part II, Part III discusses the basic rules governing the attorney lien in Washington. Part IV of this Comment discusses the various limitations on attorney liens and how those limitations have discouraged use or encouraged misuse of the statute. Part IV begins with a discussion of general professional responsibility concerns and continues with withdrawal and termination as they relate to attorney liens. Part IV concludes the Comment with a discussion of the inconsistencies of the retaining lien and a discussion of the various limitations on the charging liens.
Zach Elsner, Rethinking Attorney Liens: Why Washington Attorneys are Forced into "Involuntary" Pro Bono, 27 SEATTLE U. L. REV. 827 (2004).