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About the Teleseminar
There are major ethical issues involved in beginning an attorney-client relationship and in ending the engagement. Not all engagements begin with a representation letter. It is easy to trigger ethical obligations to someone whom you do not think of as your client, but whom has become a client through inadvertence. This is particularly true of unsolicited communications through web sites and email. In increasingly complicated transactions, planning documents, and litigation, joint representations and their host of confidentiality and privilege issues have also become pervasive. Ending a relationship is nearly as complicated. When are you allowed to end an engagement? And how must you go about it without prejudicing a client’s interest in a transaction or in litigation? These and other ethics questions will be discussed in this real-world guide to ethical traps in beginning and ending an attorney-client relationship.
  • Ethics issues involved in beginning and terminating an attorney-client relationship
  • Determining when and how a relationship starts – including through inadvertence
  • Email and technology issues – how unsolicited communications may trigger ethical obligations
  • Joint representation issues – unsorting the confidentiality and privilege issues
  • End a relationship – when are you allowed to end an engagement? How do you do it ethically?
  • Circumstances when you might be required to end a relationship
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 and Legal Ethics & Professional Responsibility (LEPR) Credit Hours
This seminar qualifies for 1.0 MCLE Credit Hour, including up to 1.0 LEPR Credit Hour.


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