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About the Teleseminar

The prevalence of technology and the sophistication of clients have caused many lawyers to have multi-jurisdictional practices, sometimes without realizing it.  In litigation, clients may have actions filed against them in another state and you might conduct discovery or pre-trial investigations across state lines.  In transactional practice, often you have to advise clients on the laws of another state, negotiate with clients across state lines, or effectuate a deal in another state.  In a real and substantial sense, every attorney with a web site and email has a “virtual” presence across state lines and thus, at least potentially, a multijurisdictional practice.  All of these activities and others give rise to complex ethical issues, including whether multijurisdictional practice is permissible and, if so, which rules apply.  This program will provide you with a real-world guide to how ethics rules apply when attorneys practice across state lines.

  • Attorney ethics in advising clients or engaging in other activity across state lines
  • Advising clients about the law of another state in transactional practice
  •  “Temporary presence” standard in transactional practice
  •  Discovery and pre-trial investigations across state lines
  •  Pleadings signed by out-of-state attorneys
  •  Collecting legal fees across state lines
  • “Virtual” presence in other states

About the Speaker

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.  


Mandatory MCLE Credit Hours

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


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