Tom Spahn on Conflicts Between Lawyers and Their Clients: Key Issues (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 Ethics (Designations Information)
Price: $149 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 08/31/2025


A pre-recorded streaming VIDEO replay of the September 2022 webcast, Tom Spahn on Conflicts Between Lawyers and Their Clients: Key Issues.

Course Outline

  • Learn to recognize potential conflicts between lawyers and their clients
  • Explore when non-legal activities can cause conflicts

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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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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