The Bar Association of San Francisco and WebCredenza present
Ethics for Transactional Attorneys
October 18, 2013: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
MCLE Credits - 1 H , in Legal Ethics
Freivogel Ethics Consulting
In business, the mantra is often "just get the deal." While attorneys must zealously try to do just that, there are real limits on how far they can go. Though subtle, there is still a line in negotiations between boosting a client's position and active misrepresentation. Transactional attorneys may also legitimately seek to represent the interests of new clients in an industry shared by former clients, but here, too, there are limits. Clients can also be dishonest and lawyers have certain obligations, on the discovery of the dishonesty, to take action. Technology is also a source of ethical concern for transactional lawyers, implicating a duty to understand the technology they use in law practice and how it impacts duties to clients. This program will provide you with a real-world guide to several major areas of ethical concern in transactional practice, including negotiations, conflicts of interest, technology and dishonest clients.
• Negotiation ethics - getting the best deal v. active misrepresentation
• Conflicts of interest - the competing interest of current and former clients, and the interests of officers v. the organization
• Technology - the duty of competence to understand law office technology & maintain confidences
• Dishonest clients - ethical duties when an organizational client is caught being dishonest
• Communications with represented parties can you encourage client to do what you cannot?
Program: 10:00 - 11:00 AM