17 Things Lawyers Learn (Often the Hard Way) (Online Seminar)

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

MCLE Credit: 2.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Price: $140 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 3/31/2018


A pre-recorded streaming VIDEO replay of the April 2015 webcast, 17 Things Lawyers Learn (Often the Hard Way).

Topics covered include:

  • How to carefully screen and select your clients and cases
  • How to effectively communicate with your clients (and why it’s so important!)
  • Discovery tips
  • Conflicts advice
  • Finding a specialty
  • Maintaining your professional reputation
  • How to be a zealous advocate (without being a jerk!)
  • How to properly educate and empower your clients
  • Tips for bringing your clients to court
  • How to effectively turn down a case
  • Why and how to find work/life balance in your career

Many lawyers, especially those just starting out in practice, often make the same mistakes as their peers. Unfortunately, lessons learned the hard way sometimes have lasting negative impacts. Don’t fumble your way through these common missteps! Instead, take some practical advice from experienced practitioners and avoid these problems before they occur.

During this interactive program, perennial favorites David Masterman and Lauren Ellerman will lead you through an entertaining and informative session covering a wide range of tips. Their list of “17 Things Lawyers Learn (Often the Hard Way)” includes:




Lauren Ellerman, Frith & Ellerman Law Firm, PC / Roanoke
In 2011, Lauren Ellerman was named "Young Lawyer of the Year" by the Roanoke Bar Association for her work in the community. She fights for clients in a range of civil litigation matters, including nursing home litigation, serious personal injury litigation, medical malpractice, and claims involving non-compete provisions.

Co-author of How to Beat Your Virginia Non-Compete, Ms. Ellerman is dedicated to working on behalf of Virginia employees, including physicians, accountants, financial planners, and other business professionals who are starting new ventures in their careers. She has represented clients with cases related to non-compete agreements, non-solicitation agreements, breach of contract, breach of duty of loyalty, and misappropriation of trade secrets.

Ms. Ellerman also represents victims and their families in cases of nursing home neglect and medical malpractice. She has taught and lectured throughout the state advising families on selecting long-term care options.

Prior to joining Frith & Ellerman, PC, Ms. Ellerman worked for Sevila, Saunders, Huddleston & White in Leesburg, where she focused on commercial litigation, criminal law, and domestic law.


David Masterman, Masterman Krogmann PC / Vienna
David Masterman has practiced for over 22 years in Northern Virginia. He is admitted to the bars of Virginia’s state and federal courts, and to the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States. He has served as chair of the Family Law sections of the Arlington County Bar Association, the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, and, more recently, the Virginia State Bar. He served on the Board of Governors for the Family Law Section for six years and now serves on the Board of Governors of the General Practice Section of the Virginia State Bar.

Mr. Masterman frequently lectures to other family law attorneys at both basic and advanced family law seminars, with recent topics including the issues involved in divorce following short marriages, the effects of parental relocation on child custody arrangements, enforcement and setting aside of agreements, obtaining the best possible property division in divorce, and issues affecting custody of children, as well as the ethical rules applicable to attorneys in this practice field. He is also the author of a number of family law articles and materials used as resources by other attorneys. Mr. Masterman received his undergraduate degree with honors from Grinnell College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and was graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Considered an outstanding litigation tactician and courtroom attorney, Mr. Masterman nevertheless emphasizes the importance of exploring settlement when possible. He is considered “mediation friendly” and is pleased to assist clients with that process. He also has significant
experience in preparing and presenting cases in the Court of Appeals of Virginia.

Mr. Masterman carries the “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell, its highest rating for skill and ethics, and is listed in its volume on pre-eminent attorneys in the United States. He has been recognized and listed in The Best Lawyers in America, and he has been ranked as one of the top family lawyers by the Washingtonian and Washington Post magazines. He is listed in the Ten Leaders for Domestic Relations Attorneys for Northern Virginia. He is also a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

Mr. Masterman practices in all aspects of family law, except adoption matters. He most commonly appears in the circuit courts of Fairfax County, the City of Alexandria, and Arlington County, but also regularly represents parties in Loudoun and Fauquier Counties.

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