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Lawyer Ethics and Disputes with Clients (teleseminar)
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When: 08/31/2016
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

First Run Broadcast: August 31, 2016
1:00 p.m. E.T. (60 minutes)

Ethical tensions are perhaps never as great as when a lawyer is in dispute with a client. The dispute may arise over fees, communication issues, conflicts or something else.  But each brings the lawyer into direct conflict with a client.  The lawyer’s duties of loyalty, zealous representation and confidentiality are all brought into direct conflict with the lawyer’s interest in self-defense.  In these extremely delicate circumstances, the lawyer must determine what information may disclosed in his or her self-defense – and its impact on the attorney-client privilege – and what steps he or she can take to de-escalate the conflict.  This program will provide you with a real-world guide to the ethical issues for a lawyer when he or she is in conflict with a client.

• Ethical issues when lawyers are in dispute with their clients 
• Disputes involving lawyers’ fees, communications, unfavorable result of representation, conflicts of interest, malpractice claims 
• Confidentiality and self-defense – what disclosure of confidences is permissible?  
• Use of waivers and engagement letters to anticipate and foreclose disputes – or limit their damage
• Permissible and mandatory withdrawals from a representation
• Special attorney-client privilege issues in these disputes 
• Relationship of ethics claims to malpractice lawsuits and best practices to mitigate damages 


Brian S. Faughnan is special counsel in the Memphis office of Thomason Hendrix Harvey Johnson & Mitchell, PLLC, 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.

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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