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About the Teleseminar

Starting a new law firm requires extensive planning to ensure ethics compliance.  From choosing the name of the firm to conflicts clearance of new hires, starting a new firm is fraught with ethical issues.  If the firm is “virtual” in the sense of office- and resource-sharing, must clients be informed? How must attorneys instruct and supervise junior attorneys and non-attorney personnel to avoid liability for ethical breaches?  What is permissible in developing new client work and establishing referral relationships among other attorneys and firms?  These and many other issues are vitally important as new firms are stated. This program will provide you with a real-world guide to major ethics issue when founding a new law firm. 

  •   Ethics in a naming a firm and letterhead issues
  •   Virtual law office issues – office sharing, documents on the cloud, and more
  •   Avoiding conflicts of interest when forming a new firm – imputation of disqualification
  •   Attorney duties to supervise lawyers and non-lawyers
  •    Ethics and law firm web sites and marketing activities
  •    Establishing trust fund accounting
  •    Ethical landmines of referral relationships

About the Speakers

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.

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.

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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