Tom Spahn on Conflicts of Interest (Online Seminar)

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 2.0

MCLE Credit: 2.0 (Ethics: 2.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Price: $135 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 1/31/2019

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A pre-recorded streaming VIDEO replay of the February 2016 webcast, Tom Spahn on Conflicts of Interest.


Topics covered include:

  • The definition of "client" for conflicts purposes (including corporations, associations, estates, and others)
  • The definition of "adversity" for conflicts purposes (including business adversity, adverse financial impact, discovery of clients, and positional adversity)
  • The general rule governing adversity to current clients
  • The complex rules governing joint representations
  • The general rule governing adversity to former clients
  • Determining the status of an attorney-client relationship
  • The application of the "substantial relationship" standard
  • The lawyer's ability to withdraw from a representation to cure a conflict (including the "hot potato" rule)
  • The type of consents that can cure a conflict (including the revocability of consents and prospective consents)
  • The courts' approach to disqualification motions based on conflicts of interest

Understanding conflicts-of-interest rules is crucial to your ability to take on new clients and to retain existing ones. Whether you are a solo practitioner, or an attorney in a large firm, conflicts-of-interest issues can, and do, arise in a myriad of settings, and a failure to fully comprehend the rules may lead to a loss of clients, return of fees, and possible liability or disciplinary action.

This two-hour interactive program, taught by the authority on ethics, Tom Spahn, will delve into the critical rules pertaining to conflicts of interest. By using relevant and realistic hypotheticals, supported by in-depth legal analysis, Tom will explore the basics and help you to master the ethical rules and know what to do when you find yourself in a conflicts predicament.

 

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Thomas E. Spahn, McGuireWoods / McLean
Thomas E. Spahn practices as a commercial litigator with McGuireWoods in Tysons Corner, Virginia.  He was selected as the 2013 metro-Washington DC "Lawyer of the Year" for "Bet the Company Litigation" by The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White, Inc.).  He has served on the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility, and is a Member of the American Law Institute and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.  Mr. Spahn has written extensively on attorney-client privilege, ethics, and other topics, and has spoken at over 1,400 CLE programs throughout the U.S. and in several foreign countries.  He graduated magna cum laude from Yale University and received his J.D. from Yale Law School.

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