Litigation Ethics with Tom Spahn (from National Trial Advocacy College 2018) (Online Seminar)

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 2.0

MCLE Credit: 2.0 (Ethics: 2.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Price: $149 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 1/31/2021


A pre-recorded streaming VIDEO replay of one session from the January 2018 live seminar, 37th Annual National Trial Advocacy College.

In this seminar, Tom Spahn uses hypotheticals to address topics of interest to litigators (and transactional lawyers whose clients might face litigation).

Specific topics include:

  • Determining which state’s ethics rules applies to your case
  • Lawyers' ability to talk in public about the case and the judge
  • Aggressive and deceptive discovery tactics, such as:
    • Surveillance videotapes
    • Use of body wires
    • Recording telephone calls
    • Use of admittedly deceptive tactics during public interest investigations
  • Dealing with fact witnesses:
    • Paying fact witnesses for their time
    • Preparing fact witnesses for testimony
    • Talking with fact witnesses during deposition breaks




Thomas E. Spahn, McGuireWoods / McLean

Thomas E. Spahn practices as a commercial litigator with McGuireWoods in Tysons, 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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