July 30, 2013
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
1.00 MCLE hours, including 1.00 Professional Responsibility MCLE credit hours (PMCLE credit subject to approval)
Real estate transactions are rife with significant ethics issues. In the normal course of their practices, over time real estate attorneys represent developers, lenders, investors, contractors and others involved in complex deals that can easily give rise to conflicts of interest. There is also the ethical challenge of effectively advocating for a client and pushing a deal toward a closing without engaging in improper ex parte communications with non-attorneys on the other side of a transaction or with unrepresented parties. The inadvertent disclosure of confidential information in what can often be an industry where everyone knows everyone else is not uncommon. These and other ethical issues are daily concerns for real estate attorneys. This program will provide you with a framework of ethical issues for real estate lawyers and discuss best practices for avoiding ethical complaint and liability.
Thomas E. Spahn, McGuireWoods, LLP, Virginia
William Freivogel, Freivogel Ethics Consulting, Illinois
*Professional Responsibility MCLE credit subject to approval