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About the Teleseminar

Co-counsel and referral relationships are common in law practice.  Sometimes an attorney associates on a case with another attorney with more specialized knowledge about a certain area of law to ensure competence under the ethics rules.  Litigation counsel may need “local counsel” in an out-of-market jurisdiction.  Also, lawyers just refer out business for a variety of reasons, including overflow work or work outside of a lawyer’s core competence.  These any many other co-counsel and referral relationships, however, raise a host of ethical and malpractice issues.  This program will provide you with a framework for understanding the ethical traps surrounding all co-counsel and referral relationships and the personal liability that may arise from them.  

  •  Ethical issues of associating with other lawyers or firms to gain competence
  •  Duty to supervise counsel to whom you referred work
  •  Liability to co-counsel for breaches of fiduciary duty or malpractice
  •  Liability for errors of co-counsel
  •  Duty to inform of malpractice by co-counsel
  •  Ethical issues in fee splitting in co-counsel or referral relationships


About the Speakers

Matthew Corbin
is Vice President and Director in the Professional Services Group of AON Risk Services, where he consults with the company’s law firm clients on professional responsibility and liability issues.  Before joining AON, he was a partner with Lathrop & Gage, LLP, where he was a trial and appellate lawyer handling professional liability, commercial, business tort, employment, construction, insurance, and regulatory matters. Before entering private practice, he served as a judicial clerk to Judge Mary Briscoe of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.  Mr. Corbin earned his B.A. from the University of Kansas and his J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law.

Brian S. Faughnan is special counsel in the Memphis office of Thomason Hendrix Harvey Johnson & Mitchell, PLLC, where he represents clients in a wide variety of matters at the trial level and on appeal.  He counsels lawyers and law firms on a wide variety of issues surrounding legal ethics and professional responsibility. He is the chair of the Tennessee Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility, a reporter for the committee’s rules revision project, a member of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, and a member of the Media Law Resource Center’s Ethics Committee. Mr. Faughnan received his B.A. from Rhodes College and his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Memphis School of Law.

  Mandatory MCLE Credit Hours

This seminar qualifies for 1.0 MCLE Credit Hour, including up to 1.0 LEPR Credit Hour