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Ethical Issues When Changing Law Firms (Teleseminar)
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Ethical Issues When Changing Law Firms (Teleseminar)

1 CLE hour, including 1 Ethics hour

When: 03/09/2016
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Where: United States
Contact: (404) 521-0781

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1 CLE hour, including 1 Ethics hour
When a lawyer moves from one firm to another, it can be a fairly dramatic event.  The ethical issues for the lawyer and for his or her prior firm and new firm are substantial.  There are issues of when and how to communicate to clients and whether it’s done by the lawyer or the firm. There are issues of ongoing matters and what to do with client files.  In ongoing litigation or transactional matters, do lawyers withdraw pending a client decision about whether to move the matter to the lawyer’s next firm?  Is withdrawal even permitted?  There are also issues of conflicts of interest and how they are managed – for the lawyer who is changing law firm affiliation and for the firms involved. This program will provide you with a practical guide to ethical issues when lawyers change law firm affiliation.

Ethical issues when lawyers change law firm affiliation
Issues for the lawyer, the firm he or she is departing and the new firm 
Propriety and timing of communications with the departing lawyer’s clients – by the lawyer or the firm? 
Ownership and transfer of client files among law firms
How to handle ongoing litigation or transactional maters – is withdrawal permissible? 
Diligence for the new firm before offering a position to a prospective partner or associate – conflicts, confidentiality, and screening 
Issues when a solo practitioner joins a multi-lawyer firm
Malpractice coverage issues


Brian S. Faughnan
is special counsel in the Memphis office of Lewis Thomason, PC, where he represents clients in a wide variety of matters at the trial level and on appeal.  He counsels lawyers and law firms on a wide variety of issues surrounding legal ethics and professional responsibility. He is the chair of the Tennessee Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility, a reporter for the committee’s rules revision project, a member of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, and a member of the Media Law Resource Center’s Ethics Committee. Mr. Faughnan received his B.A. from Rhodes College and his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Memphis School of Law.

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