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The Ethics of Billing & Collecting Attorneys' Fees (Teleseminar)
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The Ethics of Billing & Collecting Attorneys' Fees (Teleseminar)

1 CLE hour, including 1 Ethics hour

When: 02/20/2015
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Contact: (404) 521-0781

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The Ethics of Billing & Collecting Attorneys' Fees - 1 CLE hour, including 1 Ethics hour

Billing and collecting fees and expenses has always been an ethically fraught area for lawyers.  It is one of the areas of greatest dispute between lawyers and law firms and their clients, as clients complain about either the amount of the fees or use fees as an opportunity for expressing dissatisfaction about another aspect of the representation.  Ethics complaints have increased as the complexity of law practice has grown, including the use of flat fees and alternative fee arrangements and outsourcing work to contact attorneys or to third party support staff.  There are also substantial issues related to how attorneys may properly defend themselves, preserve the attorney-client privilege, and yet collect fees properly owed. This program will provide you with a real-world guide to significant ethical issues in billing clients for fees and expenses.  

Timesheets, work descriptions and common traps
Types of work that may/may not be billed 
Double billing, duplication of work, transient billers, and internal conferences 
Billing for other lawyers’ time – contract, part-time, and outsourced lawyers, co-counsel
Contingency fees – permissibility, reasonableness, control of settlements
Flat and alternative fee arrangements – what’s allowed? 
Collecting fees, liens and retention of client files, and interest on unpaid fees 
Ethical issues related to expenses
Attorney-client privilege issues in billing for fees and expenses 


Thomas E. Spahn is a partner in the McLean, Virginia office of McGuireWoods, LLP, where he has a broad complex commercial, business and securities litigation practice. He also has a substantial practice advising businesses on properly creating and preserving the attorney-client privilege and work product protections.  For more than 20 years he has lectured extensively on legal ethics and professionalism and has written “The Attorney-Client Privilege and the Work Product Doctrine: A Practitioner’s Guide,” a 750 page treatise published by the Virginia Law Foundation.  Mr. Spahn has served as member of the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility and as a member of the Virginia State Bar's Legal Ethics Committee.  He received his B.A., magna cum laude, from Yale University and his J.D. from Yale Law School.

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.  She received her B.A. and M.S. from the University of Pennsylvania and her J.D. from Albany Law School.

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