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September 12 - Ethics for Business Lawyers

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Date of Teleseminar: Thursday September 12, 2024
Time of Teleseminar: 11 a.m. - Noon MT
Credit: 1.0 EP


Lawyers advising businesses on transactions or negotiating on their behalf often confront a range of important ethical questions. The biggest is, who is your client? Often a company’s owners or managers will not understand the distinction between representing them and representing the company? There are also issues of identifying and clearing conflicts among clients when they are negotiating transaction. And what can a lawyer say or do when negotiating for a client? Also, lawyers are sometimes confronted with issues about what to do when clients are dishonest. This program will provide you with a real world guide to ethical issues when representing clients in business transactions.
  • Ethical issues in business and corporate practice
  • Identifying your client in a variety of transactional contexts – the company v. its managers?
  • Conflicts of interest in representing both sides of a transaction
  • Ethical issues in transactional negotiations and communications with represented parties
  • Representing clients you know to be dishonest and reporting wrong-doing “up and out”
Speakers:
Thomas E. Spahn is a partner in the McLean, Virginia office of McGuireWoods, LLP, where he has a substantial practice advising clients on properly creating and preserving the attorney-client privilege and work product protections. For more than 30 years he has lectured extensively on legal ethics and professionalism and has written “The Attorney-Client Privilege and the Work Product Doctrine: A Practitioner’s Guide,” a 750 page treatise published by the Virginia Law Foundation. Mr. Spahn has served as a member of the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility and as a member of the Virginia State Bar's Legal Ethics Committee. He received his B.A., magna cum laude, from Yale University and his J.D. from Yale Law School.

William Freivogel is the principal of Freivogel Ethics Consulting and is an independent consultant to law firms on ethics and risk management. He was a trial lawyer for 22 years and has practiced in the areas of legal ethics and lawyer malpractice for more than 25 years. He is chair of the Editorial Board of the ABA/BNA Lawyers’ Manual on Professional Conduct. He maintains the Web site “Freivogel on Conflicts” at www.freivogelonconflicts.com. Mr. Freivogel is a graduate of the University of Illinois (Champaign), where he received his B.S. and LL.B.


Important information & login instructions:

  • This is not eligible as part of the 2024 Annual Pass.
  • Minimum attendance requirements must be met. No partial credit available.
  • Registration closes the day before the program; registration and payment must be received prior to 10 a.m. MT the day before the event.
  • About a day before the teleseminar, you will receive an email from cleonline@sbnm.org with the link to dial in via internet audio along with all relevant course materials. Please contact us prior to the program if you do not receive this email/link.
  • Teleseminars count as "Live Credit" for your yearly compliance.