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.
Thursday, May 26, 2016
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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Nebraska Activity #123712, 1.0 hour Ethics
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 – May 26, 2016:
- 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
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 www.freivogelonconflicts.com. 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.
To Register:Cost $89.00
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