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Attorney Ethics and Dissolution of a Law Firm (Teleseminar)
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Attorney Ethics and Dissolution of a Law Firm (Teleseminar)

1 CLE hour, including 1 Ethics Hour

When: 11/13/2014
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Contact: (404) 521-0781

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Attorney Ethics and Dissolution of a Law Firm - 1 CLE hour, including 1 Ethics Hour

As in every other aspect of law practice, when a law firm dissolves for whatever reason – the death or retirement of a practitioner or the decision of partners to go their separate ways – there are substantial ethical issues to be considered. These issues range from notification of clients of the dissolution of the firm to the retention or return of client files.  Also, the attorneys of the dissolving firm need to decide how to handle ongoing matters – when is withdrawal permissible, and when can they be transferred?  There are also issues if a firm splits up only to have its attorneys start new firms with the same clients.  This program will provide you with a practical guide to the range of ethics issues when a law firm dissolves – or dissolve and its attorneys form new firms with the same clients.

Ethical issues when law firms dissolve or split up 
Notification of clients when firms dissolve – retirement, death, departure of attorneys 
Ownership, retention and return of client files – and relationship to unpaid bills
Conflicts of interest issues – and duties to former clients
Propriety of “selling” a practice and client matters
Ethical issues when firms split up and reconstitute as separate firms


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.

William Freivogel is the principal of Freivogel Ethics Consulting and is an independent consultant to law firms on ethics and risk management.  He was a trial lawyer for 22 years and has practiced in the areas of legal ethics and lawyer malpractice for more than 25 years.  He is chair of the Editorial Board of the ABA/BNA Lawyers’ Manual on Professional Conduct. and past chair of the ABA Business Law Section Committee on Professional Responsibility.  He maintains the Web site “Freivogel on Conflicts” at  Mr. Freivogel is a graduate of the University of Illinois (Champaign), where he received his B.S. and LL.B.

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