Continuing Legal Education

TELESEMINAR: Ethical Issues for Business Attorneys – A National Perspective

May 14, 2014
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
1.00 MCLE hours, including 1.00 approved Professional Responsibility MCLE credit hours


Business attorneys often confront important ethical issues.  In a transaction involving a closely held company, business attorneys are often expected to represent both the company and its owners.  Similarly, business partners frequently do not want to incur extra legal expenses by hiring multiple attorneys, one to represent each partner, preferring for one attorney to represent everyone even when the partners’ interests likely diverge.  Negotiating for clients in business deals also interposes major ethical issues in what would otherwise be a commercial negotiation.  This program will provide business attorneys with a practical guide to major ethical issues including resolving conflict issues in joint representations, dealing with clients that are dishonest, and transactional negotiation ethics.


  • Attorney ethics for business lawyers
  • Conflicts of interest in representing both sides of a transaction in a closely held business context
  • Representing a company and its owners in a transaction
  • Representing clients you know to be dishonest and reporting wrong-doing “up and out”
  • Ethical issues in transactional negotiations and communications with unrepresented parties


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Program Speakers:
Peter C. Buck,
Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A., North Carolina
Thomas E. Spahn, McGuireWoods, LLP, Virginia


Peter C. Buck is a partner in the Charlotte, North Carolina office of Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A., where his practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, energy law, banking and finance. Earlier in his career, he served as deputy general counsel of Duke Energy Corporation. He has been named in the book “The International Who’s Who of Corporate Governance Lawyers” and has served as chair of the corporations committee of the North Carolina Bar Association Business Law Section. He earned his A.B. from Duke University and his J.D. from Duke University School of Law.

John Miller is a partner in the Charlotte, North Carolina office of Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A, where his practice business transactional, finance, and construction law matters.  He was selected by his peers for inclusion in "The Best Lawyers in America" and for inclusion in Business North Carolina Magazine's "Legal Elite" as one of the top business lawyers in North Carolina.  He received his A.B. from Duke University and his J.D., with distinction, from Duke University School of Law.