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Ethics & Conflicts with Clients (Teleseminar)
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Ethics & Conflicts with Clients (Teleseminar)

2 CLE hours total, including 2 Ethics hours

11/17/2015 to 11/18/2015
When: 12/17/2015 - 12/18/2015
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Contact: (404) 521-0781

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2 CLE hours, including 2 Ethics hours
Conflicts between a lawyer and client can arise in a wide range of circumstances, not only when a new client’s matter conflicts with another client’s case.  Many interactions between lawyer and client are potentially conflictive.  The lawyer may have a personal relationship with a client that is of a nature that impairs the lawyer’s judgment.  The lawyer may receive a gift or bequest form the client, or solicit a donation from a client for a charity on whose board the lawyer serves.  Lawyers make take an equity stake in a client company or transaction, or loan a client money.  Lawyers may have the misfortune of working with objectively dishonest or recalcitrant clients.  Or lawyers may be called on to testify as witnesses in a case that gives rise to a conflict.  These and many other circumstances potentially give rise to conflicts between lawyers and their clients. This program will provide you with a detailed, practical discussion of the ethical issues involved when lawyers have conflicts with their clients in these and many other scenarios.

Day 1 – December 17, 2015:

Ethics when practical conflicts arise between lawyers and their clients 
Conflicts arising from personal relationships between attorneys and their clients
Gifts from clients to lawyers – accepting lifetime gifts and bequests, soliciting charitable donations from clients, and potential disqualification
Going into business with clients – tensions of lawyer as business partner v. legal adviser
Lawyers sitting on boards of directors – fiduciary duties and conflicts
When lawyers leave a law firm – the limits of non-competition agreements

Day 2 – December 18, 2015:

Working with clients with diminished capacity and decision-making authority v. caretakers
Conflicts when working with dishonest and recalcitrant clients
Lawyers testifying as witnesses – conflicts and the attorney-client privilege
Settlement of litigation – tensions between lawyers and client, tactics v. goals
Duty to disclose malpractice and settlement of disputes with clients
Duties to former clients, including ownership of files and disputes when clients won’t pay your fees


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.

Sue C. Friedberg is a partner in the Pittsburg office of Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney, PC.  She is associate general counsel of the firm and responsible for guiding its attorneys in meeting the standards of ethical law practice. She supervises the firm's conflicts of interest review process and new business intake functions, and provides counsel for the firm as a business entity.  Earlier in her career, she focused on corporate finance, securities law, and general business transactions.  Ms. Friedberg earned her B.S., magna cum laude, from Georgetown University and her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Pittsburg School of law.

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