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About the Teleseminar    

Lawyers must be truthful.  Yet they must be zealous in the representation of their clients.  The tension between these two principles is perhaps never as great as when the lawyer is negotiating for a client.  The negotiation may be a settlement of litigation or in connection with a transaction. The lawyer may make statements about the law or fact – or simply refrain from making statements because the lawyer knows certain facts or legal precedent are adverse to his or her client’s interest.   Lawyers may also “puff” or boast, signaling that a negotiating stance is firmer than a client’s true positon or more substantively valid than the law can reasonably support.  At some point, the gray ethical line is tripped and what the lawyer does becomes improper. This program will provide you with a real world guide to ethical issues in lawyer negotiations. 

  • Ethics and ethical drawing lines – what’s an acceptable level of deception in negotiations?
  • Affirmative statements of fact, value or intent in settlements
  • Silence about adverse law in negotiations
  • Silence about facts unknown to an opponent or counter-party
  • Silence about errors in settlement agreements or transactional documents
  • Non-litigation work in another state  – “temporary” practice  

About the Speaker

Thomas E. Spahn is a partner in the McLean, Virginia office of McGuireWoods, LLP, where he has a substantial practice advising clients on properly creating and preserving the attorney-client privilege and work product protections.  For more than 30 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 a 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

(Instruction Level: Intermediate)*Live Teleseminar programs are not live credit programs.  Supreme Court Commission on CLE rules allow SC Bar members to use Alternatively Delivered programming to obtain up to 6.0 hours of MCLE each reporting period.   For FAQ’s please click here.