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About the Teleseminar

The business of law – the necessity of ensuring that lawyers are paid and expenses covered – sometimes raises uncomfortable ethical issues, especially when a representation produces an outcome that disappoints client expectations.  Lawyers are in the business of offering their learning, expertise and skill to clients, but are subject to restrictions on what they can charge and how they can collect those fees.  The advent of alternative fee arrangements, such as fixed fee arrangements, and evolving methods of practicing law, such as outsourcing, raise old questions about the reasonableness of fees and fee sharing. This program will explore the ethical between zealous representation and an attorney’s right to be paid for his or her work in the context of transactional work and litigation, including advancing expenses, time sheet traps, outsourcing work and alternative fee arrangements. 

  •   Attorney ethics issues in billing fees and expenses in transactional and litigation representations
  •   Time sheet traps, internal conferences, transient billers and more
  •    Issues in alternative fee arrangements and contingency-based cases
  •    Fees paid by third parties and relationship to duty of confidentiality
  •   Sharing fees with other lawyers and non-lawyer employees of their firm
  •    Advancing litigation and other expenses
  •   Fee disputes, including retention of client files until the dispute is resolved or charging interest


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 (Tentative)




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