CLE and Washington Wizards Basketball: Difficult Clients and Counsel in High-Conflict Cases — Being Ethical and Effective

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 2.0

Live on Site: Thursday, February 8 / Washington, DC (The Capital One Arena) (SOLD OUT)
Registration: 4:30 p.m.
Program: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Game Begins: 8:00 p.m.
MCLE Credit: 2.0 (Ethics: 2.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 2.0 Live Interactive MCLE Credit Symbol
Telephone with Live Q&A


Why Attend?

  • Two hours of ethics examining a variety of scenarios involving difficult clients and counsel
  • A small-group learning environment — limited to 30 attendees
  • Watch the Washington Wizards battle the Boston Celtics in club-level seats—a midseason matchup between two of the top contenders in the Eastern Conference, and the last Wizards home game before the NBA All-Star Game
  • An all-you-can-eat-and-drink buffet
  • Guest tickets available

This program has sold out. If you would like to be added to a wait list, please contact Rich DiMeglio at

Wizards logoJoin us at The Capital One Arena (formerly The Verizon Center) for 2 hours of live-interactive ETHICS CLE. Then, watch the Washington Wizards battle the Boston Celtics in your club-level seats and enjoy a Budweiser Brew House all-inclusive buffet and drinks. Limited to 30 attendees. Guest tickets available.

During the engaging and interactive CLE program, perennial favorite Brian Hirsch will walk practitioners through a variety of common scenarios involving difficult clients and counsel. He will offer practice pointers throughout the discussion, and will provide an overview of the ethical and professional responsibilities that every Virginia lawyer must be aware of when handling contentious parties.

Topics include:

  • Ethical considerations when determining whether to represent a potential client (and how to ethically withdraw from representation)
  • Tips for ethically and successfully suing a difficult client to recover fees
  • Strategies to ethically avoid conflict and protect yourself from a difficult client
  • Advice for professionally dealing with difficult opposing counsel, and your responsibilities for reporting or managing misconduct and obstructive behavior in a variety of situations

This seminar is not eligible for discounts.

Can't Attend The Game?
We will be providing a live telephone simulcast on February 8. Telephone attendees will receive live-interactive credit, as they will have the ability to ask questions during the seminar. Brian Hirsch will also present the seminar again as a live/telephone/webcast seminar on March 6, and as a webcast/telephone with live Q&A on March 22. Follow this link to select one of those options and to learn more.



4:30 p.m. Registration begins at the Capital One Arena
5:00 p.m. Difficult Clients and Counsel in High-Conflict Cases — Being Ethical and Effective
7:00 p.m. Adjourn to buffet and drinks
8:00 p.m. Tip-off



Brian M.  Hirsch, Hirsch & Ehlenberger / Reston

Brian Hirsch has been a divorce attorney litigating and settling cases in Northern Virginia since 1985, and is certified by the Virginia Supreme Court in Family Mediation. He is listed in "The Best Lawyers in America," Washingtonian magazine's Top Divorce Lawyers, Northern Virginia magazine’s Top Divorce Lawyers, and Virginia Business magazine's "Legal Elite."

Mr. Hirsch is the editor of the Virginia Family Law Quarterly, the official publication of the Family Law Section of the Virginia State Bar.  He is a past chair of the Virginia State Bar Family Law Section Board of Governors. Mr. Hirsch has been a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers since 2004. He is also a current member of The Virginia Bar Association Family Law Coalition, and serves on the Virginia State Bar Fifth District Disciplinary Committee. Mr. Hirsch is also a Commissioner in Chancery for Fairfax County Circuit Court.

Locations, Dates and Fees



$270 regular registration.  (Fee includes the seminar, printed materials, game ticket in premium club-level seating area, Budweiser Brew House all-inclusive package with unlimited buffet dinner, beer, wine, soda, and water through the end of the third quarter). 

Depending upon availability, attendees can purchase an additional guest ticket for the game and the all-inclusive buffet for $135.  If interested, please contact Rich DiMeglio at

Telephone option (no game): $150

This program is not eligible for discounts.


Washington, D.C. (The Capital One Arena) (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, February 8 (Venue Website / Google Map)
601 F Street NW
(202) 628-3200

Note that parking is NOT provided as part of this seminar but is available at commercial lots in the vicinity. The Capital One Arena is conveniently located near the Gallery Place/Chinatown metro station, which is on the Red Line, Yellow Line, and Green Line. Gallery Place/Chinatown is also only one stop from Metro Center on the Red Line, which services the Orange Line, Blue Line, and Silver Line.  For more information on parking and transportation options visit:   

Detailed information on where to meet on February 8, and how tickets will be distributed, will be sent to you in advance via e-mail.

Cancellations made after January 26, 2018, will incur a $135 cancellation fee for the cost of the game and buffet.  If we find a replacement purchaser, we will refund you the cancellation fee.  There will be no refund for cancellation requests made after 5:00 p.m. the DAY BEFORE the program.

If you have a disability that requires special accommodation, please contact Virginia CLE® well in advance of the program date.

Private recording of this program is prohibited.

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