June 27, 2014
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
1.00 MCLE hours, including 1.00 Professional Responsibility MCLE credit hours (PMCLE credit subject to approval)
One of the most difficult situations for a lawyer is to be in dispute with a client. The lawyer has an ethical obligation to vigorously advocate the interests of the client. But when the client’s interests conflict directly or indirectly with the lawyer’s interests, when the lawyer thinks the client is making bad decisions, or when the client simply become unhappy with the course or outcome of a representation, the natural tension that arises can easily lead to dispute and potentially an ethics complaint or a malpractice claim. These disputes may arise from a failure to communicate, dissatisfaction with attorneys’ fees or something else – but each has the potential to expose the attorney to ethical sanction. This program will provide you with a discussion of ethical issues involved in disputes with clients, how to prevent them before they arise, and how to mitigate potential liability once they arise.
Sue C. Friedberg, Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney, P.C., Philadelphia
Brian S. Faughnan, Thomason Hendrix Harvey Johnson & Mitchell, PLLC, Tennessee
*Professional Responsibility MCLE credit subject to approval