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Ethics and Joint Representations (Teleseminar)
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Ethics and Joint Representations (Teleseminar)

1 CLE hour, including 1 Ethics hour

When: 06/19/2015
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Contact: (404) 521-0781

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Ethics and Joint Representations - 1 CLE hour, including 1 Ethics hour

Joint representations of clients in litigation, transactions or planning are rife with ethical tensions. There major issues involving confidentiality, the flow of information, later-developing conflicts, preserving the attorney client-privilege and more. The very permissibility of joint representations and obtaining effective waivers also present ethical and practical concerns.  There are also ethical issues in the alternative of separately representing clients in the same matter. Explaining this to clients who are intent on a joint representation may be difficult but is necessary to avoid later ethics complaints.  This program will provide you with a guide to identifying the ethical issues in joint representations, how to discuss them with clients, obtain waivers or withdraw from the representation.

Ethics in joint representations of clients
Distinguishing between joint representations on same matter v. separate representation on same matter
Defining information flows with no agreement, “no secrets” agreement, and “keep secrets” agreement
Ethical ramifications when adversity arises later in a joint representation 
Duty of loyalty, confidentiality, attorney-client privilege issues
Use and risks of prospective waivers to permit joint representations
Withdrawing from joint representations


Elizabeth Treubert Simon
is of counsel in the Washington, D.C. office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, where the primary focus of her practice is the defense of attorneys and other professionals, trademark and copyright infringement litigation and insurance coverage litigation. She also provides counsel to insurers regarding insurance coverage and counsels clients regarding professional ethics and attorney disciplinary procedures.  Ms. Simon is a member of the Committee on Professional Discipline of the New York State Bar Association and the District of Columbia Legal Ethics Committee.  She received her B.A. and M.S. from the University of Pennsylvania and her J.D. from Albany Law School.

Matthew Corbin is Vice President and Director in the Professional Services Group of AON Risk Services, where he consults with the company’s law firm clients on professional responsibility and liability issues. Before joining AON, he was a partner with Lathrop & Gage, LLP, where he was a trial and appellate lawyer handling professional liability, commercial, business tort, employment, construction, insurance, and regulatory matters. Before entering private practice, he served as a judicial clerk to Judge Mary Briscoe of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.  Mr. Corbin earned his B.A. from the University of Kansas and his J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law.


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