TELESEMINAR: Attorney Ethics in Real Estate Practice – A National Perspective
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.
- Conflicts of interest in representing investors, developers, lenders and others in real estate transactions
- Representations of real estate entrepreneurs and their entities
- Ex parte communications with non-attorney parties in real estate transactions and with unrepresented parties
- Inadvertent disclosure of confidential deal terms
- Imputation of confidential knowledge of a deal terms among lawyers of a firm
Thomas E. Spahn, McGuireWoods, LLP, Virginia
William Freivogel, Freivogel Ethics Consulting, Illinois
*Professional Responsibility MCLE credit subject to approval