The Attorney-Client Privilege and Work Product Doctrine in Virginia, featuring Tom Spahn (On Demand Seminar)

MCLE Credits: 3.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

MCLE Credit: 3.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Designation Credit: 3.0 Trial Practice/Litigation (Designations Information)
Price: $249 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 05/31/2023


A pre-recorded streaming AUDIO replay of the May 2020 webcast, The Attorney-Client Privilege and Work Product Doctrine in Virginia, featuring Tom Spahn.

Topics Covered

Every litigator must know these rules.

The attorney-client privilege enjoys a unique status among all legal doctrines. For many reasons, it stands alone as the most important subject that lawyers must understand. By contrast, dramatically different rules control the work product doctrine. Failing to appreciate work product doctrine principles can involve even higher stakes because, by definition, this doctrine involves litigation or anticipated litigation. Most lawyers understand the broad contours of both subjects, but how many appreciate the many complexities of both, including how to assert either in the context of an ongoing dispute?

Tom Spahn is the nation’s foremost expert on the attorney-client privilege and work product doctrine. His 1,531-page book, The Attorney-Client Privilege and The Work Product Doctrine: A Practitioner's Guide (3d edition 2013), is the definitive work on the topic. He also prepared a Virginia-specific guide of only(!) 385 pages, focusing the discussion on how the privilege and doctrine function in Virginia. Both share the same chapter and section numbering scheme, and are supported by his online database of up-to-date cases keyed to each section. As he demonstrates in all of his many lectures on ethics, Tom is an engaging and entertaining speaker.

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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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