Managing Clients and Counsel in High-Conflict Cases: Being Ethical and Effective (On Demand Seminar)

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 2.0

MCLE Credit: 2.0 (Ethics: 2.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Designation Credit: 2.0 Divorce and Family Law Practice; 2.0 Ethics
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Price: $149 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 03/31/2024


A pre-recorded streaming video replay of the March 2021 webcast, Managing Clients and Counsel in High-Conflict Cases: Being Ethical and Effective.

Course Outline

  • Understand how to ethically protect yourself and your law practice from clients in high-conflict cases, including divorces
  • Learn strategies to professionally and ethically manage opposing counsel in high-conflict cases
  • Know your responsibilities for reporting and addressing difficult parties

During this engaging program, perennial favorite Brian Hirsch walks practitioners through a variety of common scenarios involving clients and counsel in high-conflict cases. He offers practice pointers throughout the discussion, and provides an in-depth overview of the ethical and professional responsibilities that every Virginia lawyer must be aware of when handling contentious parties.

Topics include:

  • A look at the damage caused by recurring conflict and an overview of personality disorders often found in high-conflict cases
  • Ethical considerations when determining whether to represent a potential client in a high-conflict case (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
  • How to handle negotiation and mediation in high-conflict cases
  • Advice for professionally dealing with opposing counsel in high-conflict situations, and your responsibilities for reporting or managing misconduct and obstructive behavior in a variety of situations
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Brian M.  Hirsch
, Hirsch & Ehlenberger, PC / 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 was presented with a 2017 Leaders in the Law award by Virginia Lawyers Weekly for his extensive statewide work and leadership in Virginia family law, and received the Virginia State Bar Law Service Award in 2020.

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 served on the Virginia State Bar Fifth District Disciplinary Committee.  He has served as a substitute judge in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court since 2016.  He is a frequent CLE presenter, and the author of many publications, including the Virginia Family Law Trial Handbook: Pleadings, Evidence, and Strategies, published by Virginia CLE®.

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