Continuing Legal Education

TELESEMINAR: Ethics, Virtual Law Offices and Multi-Jurisdictional Practices – A National Perspective [LIVE REPLAY]

November 18, 2013
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
1.00 MCLE hours, including 1.00 approved Professional Responsibility MCLE credit hours


The way lawyers practice law and maintain their offices has shifted. Not every law office or practice is located in a conventional office building with a physical address and support staff.  Many lawyers now have “virtual” offices or practices. They work from home or in shared offices that they only occasionally visit. Communication with clients is over the telephone and via email.  There are many advantages of virtual law offices for lawyers and clients, including flexibility and reduced costs. But these virtual arrangements also highlight certain ethical duties. This teleseminar program, which was originally presented on August 15, 2013, will provide you with a framework of ethics issues for virtual law offices and practices, including multi-jurisdictional issues, candor about the nature of the lawyer’s office or practice, duties to supervise outsourced work, confidentiality in electronic communications, and more. Please note: Attorneys may not receive credit for completing the same program more than once within a 12 month period.)


  • Ethics issues for virtual law offices and practices
  • Licensure – understanding the requirements and risks of multi-jurisdictional practice
  • Candor – duties to disclosure the nature of a virtual office to clients
  • Supervision – ensuring that outsourced work is competently performed
  • Confidentiality – protecting electronic communications from disclosures
  • Competence – associating with sources of expertise to serve client needs


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Program Speaker:
Thomas E. Spahn
, McGuireWoods, LLP, Virginia


Thomas E. Spahn is a partner in the McLean, Virginia office of McGuireWoods, LLP, where he has a broad complex commercial, business and securities litigation practice. He also has a substantial practice advising businesses on properly creating and preserving the attorney-client privilege and work product protections. For more than 20 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 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.