Tom Spahn on Conflicts Between Lawyers and Their Clients: Key Issues

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 2.0

Wednesday, September 14, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET
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Monday, October 17, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET
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Wednesday, December 14, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. ET
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MCLE Credit: 2.0 (Ethics: 2.0) Pending
Live-Interactive Credit: 2.0 Pending (all dates, all formats) Live Interactive MCLE Credit Symbol
Designation Credit: 2.0 Ethics (Designations Information)
Registration Fees:

Live-on-Site: $159
Webcast: $159
Telephone: $179

(Downloadable e-book seminar materials only. Printed materials will NOT be available.)

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Why Attend?

  • Learn to recognize potential conflicts between lawyers and their clients
  • Explore when non-legal activities can cause conflicts
  • OPTIONAL BONUS: After the seminar, those attending in person at the Bobzien-Gaither Education Center on September 14 can join in playing bingo for free! Win great prizes!

The rules of professional conduct that govern conflicts between lawyers and their clients exist to preserve loyalty and independent judgment necessary to the attorney-client relationship. In this interactive program, McGuireWoods’ Tom Spahn uses hypotheticals to explore situations in which these conflicts might arise, and the answers are sometimes surprising. Don’t risk potential disqualification or discipline—be sure not to miss this program!

Topics will include:

  • The applicability of ethics rules to lawyers' non-legal activities
  • Doing business with clients
  • Accepting gifts from clients
  • Representing unpopular clients
  • Lawyers' agreements to limit their practice in partnership agreements or in litigation settlements
  • Limiting liability to clients; disclosing malpractice to clients
  • Resolving disputes with clients
  • File ownership after representations end
  • Duty to protect former clients

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Schedule

COURSE SCHEDULE (September 14) (Eastern Time)

2:00 Tom Spahn on Conflicts Between Lawyers and Their Clients: Key Issues
4:00 Adjourn
  • Sign-in for live seminar attendees in Richmond begins at 1:30 p.m.
  • Q&A will be handled via chat room for Webcast attendees.
  • Q&A will be handled via e-mail for telephone seminar attendees.

COURSE SCHEDULE (October 17) (Eastern Time)

2:00 Tom Spahn on Conflicts Between Lawyers and Their Clients: Key Issues
4:00 Adjourn
  • Q&A will be handled via chat room for Webcast attendees.
  • Q&A will be handled via e-mail for telephone seminar attendees.

COURSE SCHEDULE (December 14) (Eastern Time)

11:00 Tom Spahn on Conflicts Between Lawyers and Their Clients: Key Issues
1:00 Adjourn
  • Q&A will be handled via chat room for Webcast attendees.
  • Q&A will be handled via e-mail for telephone seminar attendees.

Faculty

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Thomas E. Spahn, McGuireWoods LLP / Tysons

Thomas E. Spahn practices as a commercial litigator with McGuireWoods in Tysons, Virginia. He was selected as the 2013 and 2020 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. He is a fellow of the Virginia Law Foundation. Mr. Spahn has written extensively on attorney-client privilege (including the Virginia CLE® publications The Attorney-Client Privilege and the Work Product Doctrine: A Practitioner's Guide and A Virginia-Specific Summary Guide: The Attorney-Client Privilege and the Work Product Doctrine), 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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