Avoiding Ethical Violations and Malpractice Suits (Update)

(8200 Ratings)

Produced on: September 25, 2015

Course Format On Demand Audio

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Course Description

Time 60 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

In this course, ethics expert and legal malpractice attorney Daniel Abrams shares his views on how lawyers can protect themselves and minimize their chances of being sued for malpractice or being subject to other ethical headaches. Here, Mr. Abrams covers the primary reasons why lawyers are sued, what plaintiffs’ legal malpractice lawyers are looking for in a lawsuit, the primary stages of a representation where lawyers get into trouble, and practical steps an attorney can take to minimize risk. This course is applicable to attorneys in all practice areas.   

 

Learning Objectives: 

I.   Identify what plaintiffs’ attorneys look for in a potential malpractice case

II.  Spot and avoid clients who are more trouble than they are worth

III. Understand how to decline representation within the parameters of the Ethics rules

IV. Use legal bills to strengthen the attorney-client relationship 

V.  Gain insight and miscellaneous tips to minimize risk 

Faculty

Daniel Abrams

Law Office of Daniel L. Abrams, PLLC

Daniel L. Abrams’ practice focuses on legal malpractice, and business litigation. Mr. Abrams has helped many corporations and individuals complaining of inadequate legal services or overbilling obtain relief and settlements from their former attorneys.  He represents mostly plaintiffs but occasionally defendants in legal malpractice cases and other disputes related to legal ethics, including legal fee disputes, breach of fiduciary duty cases, cases alleging conflicts of interest, and other professional responsibility issues.  Lawyers and law firms frequently hire Mr. Abrams to serve as lawyer, expert or consultant on issues related to legal ethics or the law governing lawyers.  He has taught legal ethics to other lawyers for the Practicing Law Institute, the New York State Bar Association, Lawline.com and Access MCLE. He has also appeared as a guest lecturer at Suffolk Law School.

In addition to his legal malpractice and ethics practice, Mr. Abrams has an active business litigation practice. Mr. Abrams’ clients include business owners, general counsel, and individuals in a full range of business litigation and arbitration matters.  His cases have included business dealings arising out of oil & gas contracts, licensing agreements, business mergers, employment agreements, financing arrangements, business fraud, trade secrets, and corporate whistleblower allegations.  His litigation cases include a successful multi-million dollar reversal of an arbitration award, a defense victory after a bench trial in a breach of contract case, and many favorable settlements of commercial disputes and legal malpractice cases.

Mr. Abrams received his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1995 where he was an Olin Fellow of Law and Economics. He is a member of The Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, where he served on the Professional Responsibility Committee and the Subcommittee on Lawyer Promotion and Advertising from 2004-2007.  He is a member of the bar of the United States Supreme Court, Southern District of New York, Eastern District of New York, Second Circuit United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit United States Court of Appeals, and Tenth Circuit United States Court of Appeals. 

Reviews

HV
Henry V.

Concise and practical tips.

CA
Christopher A.

Good class.

MB
Mark B.

Good course

MJ
Mark J.

Well done presentation.

RW
Richard W.

Good program. Good examples.

MS
Marvin S.

good

JJ
Joey J.

knowledgeable and informative

SS
Steve S.

Terrific course and presenter

MG
MIchael G.

Very well presented. Mr. Abrams is clearly knowledgeable in this area of the law.

JR
john a redmon r.

good program

MH
Maria H.

This was a very good presentation. The materials were excellent.

KA
Kristin A.

Very clear and informative.

BM
Brant M.

I thought that Dan had an outstanding practical understanding of both the law and the reality of large law practice. I found myself nodding knowingly as he discussed the problems of client intake and the most likely clients and situations for the practitioner. Very well done.

RG
Robert G.

Good program

WF
Warren F.

Presenter had a pleasant, even style.

DS
Deborah S.

Good speaker and comprehensive overview.

PB
Peter B.

Excellent presenter. Thanks.

MB
Michael B.

i would highly recommend this course. it was easy to follow and highly reommend it to all practiciting attorneys.

RG
Rachel G.

Very practical information;likely every practitioner would benefit from watching this one.

CD
Christine D.

Very practical and useful information.

JR
Julia R.

Well done course. Clear presentation, easy to understand.

DF
David F.

excellent

RR
Richard R.

Outstanding Thank You

CW
Chet W.

Clear, simple and informative in a practical way.

AW
Anne W.

Good job!

VH
Valerie H.

Very informative and well presented.

MG
Michael G.

Fantastic (and incredibly useful) breakdown!

JK
john k.

very good presenter

JD
James D.

Thank you!

RG
Ruth G.

Best ethics course yet! Very practical suggestions.

JD
John d.

Good program

SJ
Scott J.

Excellent course!

ML
Michael J. L.

Again, an excellent concise summary of the issues. Thank you, Mr. Abrams.

JK
Jacqueline K.

Keeping this handout for future reference - good stuff!

TW
Tracy W.

Excellent speaker & practical information.

RB
Roberta B.

Good concise explanations of pitfalls of representing clients

RA
Ray A.

Great

JW
Jeri W.

Good refresher course on ethics

CM
Charles M.

Excellent Program

DH
David H.

some good insights

FJ
Fred J.

very clear, well-organized, and very practical information

VN
Vasiliki N.

Very helpful, practical session.

MB
Michael B.

I thought it was very good; practical and practice issues were appreciated, without over discussing the rules.

DG
Dean G.

Very nicely done!!

RS
Rebecca S.

I enjoyed the attorney's perspective since he represents malpractice plaintiff.s

AH
Ann H.

Content and presentation was very good.

CE
Catharine E.

This was very helpful, and presented in a clear, concise way.

BS
Bradley S.

Really well done and informative. Thank you for a very strong program!

LO
Lisa O.

Nice informative presentation.

TD
Thomas D.

Very thorough!

SS
Sarah S.

Very helpful presentation

FM
Francis M.

Excellent presentation.

JG
Joan G.

Very well done

TO
Thea O.

Excellent presentation.

MB
Melea B.

Sound practical information. Good lecturer.

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madeline b.

excellent

BH
Ben H.

Excellent presentation...clear and concise.

SH
Steven H.

So important! More real-life examples always, please.

RB
Robyn B.

Well spoken and great topic..

GS
Gerard S.

Excellent course.

AA
Anita A.

Very informative presentation of important subject matter delivered in most respectful manner.

CW
Charles W.

Good overview.

JL
James L.

very good

MW
Matthew W.

Excellent

BF
Barbara F.

Excellent presentation!

RW
Rich W.

Interesting and excellent advice.

JL
Jose L.

useful info

JT
John T.

Excellent info.

ES
Eric S.

Excellent!

TB
Tracy B.

Nice practical tips

RP
Rosario P.

Dan does a good job on all of his presentations

KP
Kelton P.

Presented with great clarity

AW
Andre W.

This was absolutely informative and will prove quite useful. Thank you!

MO
Matthew O.

Format was easy to use and presentation was concise.

RM
Robert M.

good!

SS
Sandra S.

Very valuable information for all attorneys, and very well presented!

PP
Peter P.

One of the better Ethics courses; very straightforward, pragmatic. Well done.

MB
Michell B.

Great program. He made things very clear.

TC
Thomas C.

Well done, practical and relevant

DQ
Doug Q.

well done

CW
Colleen W.

Very informative

DA
David A.

Good presentation

TK
Thomas K.

Important and informative. Good course.

MR
Mark R.

Very informative!

CM
CATHERINE M.

Good tips for retainers and disengagement letters.

NS
Norman S.

good course

KB
Kiersten B.

Very practical advice.

AP
Andrew P.

Great program Wonderful speaker Helpful and relevant information

KM
Kieran M.

The presentation was very well organized.

ES
Emile S.

Very good lecture and helpful to everyday practice

JR
JEFFREY L. R.

GOOD, SHORT AND PRECISE PRESENTATION.

TR
Tracie R.

Very practical information!

RP
Robert P.

good balanced presentation

PS
Paula S.

This course was interesting to watch and I learned from it. Thank you.

DW
David W.

Superb presentation

OS
Olivia S.

One of the more interesting presentations that I have viewed thus far on Lawline.

AB
Anita B.

Great presentation!

BK
Brendan K.

best course of the bundle. Good for any and every attorney to learn.

KH
Karen H.

Practical, useful advice.

DG
Dennis G.

Good primer course.

TF
Thomas F.

WELL COVERED

RM
Retha M.

Very practical program with good information and reminders.

JT
Julie T.

Really informative.

SM
Sarah M.

Great course

CC
Charles C.

clear, simple, great for a new attorney

FR
Frank R.

Very good!

LS
Larry S.

Very nice & knowledgeable presentation.

WT
Walter T.

Thanks.

SB
Sally B.

Great program on client relationships

RJ
R Bruce J.

Good program

KL
Kevin L.

The course was clear, concise and well-presented. I found it to be very helpful.

GA
George A.

knowledgeable presenter

MF
Michael F.

Particularly liked the written outline detail.

MB
Michael B.

Very helpful pointers about the kinds of clients to avoid and the most common causes of actions.

SB
Steven B.

good course

JT
James T.

Very good

DS
DAVID S.

Very clear and great advice.

AF
arthur f.

good course on legal malpractice avoidance.

ER
Elana R.

Very informative!!

NG
Nicolas G.

Excellent, once again!

BR
Barbara R.

excellent course, worth while attending.

TR
tim r.

Exactly what I wanted to learn more about.

DR
Dwayne R.

Excellent presentation!

JC
JC C.

Excellent presentation.

DJ
David J.

This was a very informative course.

MD
Michael D.

The reminder page on client selection was especially helpful.

JB
James R. B.

Very good

PC
Paul C.

Keep upi the good work!

ES
Elizabeth S.

knowledgeable and engaging speaker

SR
Scott R.

Thanks!

DA
Donna A.

Good course, very practical.

KR
Karen R.

Great speaker. Engaging. Useful and practical information.

KJ
Kenneth J.

Excellent insight into "problem" clients.

PS
Paul S.

Excellent advice!

AG
Ashly G.

This was very informative!

JW
Jeffrey W.

A very good job presenting ideas and thoughts on avoiding problems with clients (and ulcers!)

DG
David G.

I thought this presentation was very good. It held my attention and was at just the right level of detail for my needs.

CS
Clarence S.

Excellent course.

LC
Lawrence C.

Very well done.

RW
Roger W.

Good practical and common sense suggestions for client interaction.

JD
Jeffrey D.

Thank you!

JB
JOHN B.

I thought he was very informative. And cover many errors for an attorney to be aware of to prevent.

DM
david m.

one of the very best lectures. Thank-you

JF
Jessica F.

Good program

SA
Senna A.

Engaging speaker for this update on ethics

CW
Cynthia W.

Great overview!

JM
John M.

One of his examples fit a case I once had with result he described

VM
Valerie M.

I was surprised to have enjoyed this one! Also material timely was looking at a concurrent representation related issues. This one should have a star. I liked his listening to clients one too.

TN
Timothy N.

very informative.

KM
Kevin M.

very good practical advice

RD
Rebekah D.

Thank you

RB
Russell B.

This was a well formatted course with an experienced presenter. Mr. Abrams was Outstanding ! Russell Brahm, Norfolk, VA

MH
Mary H.

Great presentation and guidance.

CC
Cole C.

I couldn't agree more than with his list of clients NOT to take. Good insight. Wish I watched this 5 years ago.

LB
Louise B.

good program with practical information

JM
John M.

Practical, pragmatic

KK
Kim K.

Excellent - well presented.

GD
gary d.

A good refresher, I enjoyed it.

PW
Pamela W.

Good program

MS
Morgan E. S.

practical overview

DG
Dorothy G.

Very clear and concise presentation.

FA
Francine A.

very nice presentation

KS
Kevin S.

Good practical advice. Was easy to follow and interesting. Would recommend. Thanks.

MR
Mark R.

A truly excellent presentation - one that I wish I had heard 35 years ago. Very practical advice as well as coverage of pertinent law.

CM
Christian M.

best video of the 3 I have watched.....

SH
Susan H.

Great refresher!

BC
Brittany C.

Excellent course with relevant and helpful information.

AV
Albert V.

great course!

WG
William G.

Real life examples would drive home the general statements

TJ
Thomas J.

Brave guy.

VC
Vincent C.

Very well done

RM
Richard M.

Well done. Very informative.

MY
Mark Y.

Very practical

PC
Peter C.

Very practical and helpful presentation. It was focused, organized and straightforward. Bravo!

RM
richard m.

this was terrific pesentation

BY
B.Casey Y.

Program useful for practical use in dealing with clients and minimizing potential risk of legal mal lawsuiits.

DS
Donald S.

He is good, keep him around.

WH
William H.

Good review of ethics.

DH
David H.

Good, informative course.

LB
Lorraine B.

Very informative

HJ
Henry F. J.

very good information and presentation

MC
Michael C.

Good information. Well-presented.

DL
Dawn L.

Very instructive.

CV
Craigg V.

good point on selecting clients and avoiding those bargaining on fees at the onset

JK
Jeffrey K.

great presentation

RD
Ronald D.

Nice job

JL
James L.

Should be viewed by lawyers to avoid malpractice claims and grievances.

TD
Tom D.

Very useful.

JL
James L.

Very helpful

RK
Richard K.

Every attorney needs the information in this course

MS
Michael S.

Excellent presentation in terms of new material and refresher items. Highly commendable and knowledgeable presenter.

AK
Anne K.

Very well done.

BN
Bruce N.

Enjoyed the course, very useful info presented such as the type of clients to avoid among others. Thank you.

KB
Kelvin B.

This was a great refresher and provided new insights.

SB
Steven B.

very good seminar.

JK
John K.

Excellent all around!

AM
Ana M. M.

excellent

MB
Mark B.

Enough good content to make this worthwhile, including a review of client relationships..

JB
John B.

Great presentation

RG
Robert G.

Best One Yet

DL
Don L.

Very good! Returns us to basics.

EK
efstathios k.

awesome

MR
Michael R.

nuts and bults of legal practice

LH
Lee H.

Excellent discussion of potential problems and precautions to be taken when representing clients!!

MW
Mark W.

Good program

JO
Joseph J. O.

Pleasant manner. Experience-based advice.

SS
Stacy S.

this was a very thorough lecture thank you

AK
Arijana K.

great presentation

MS
Martha S.

Very practical and useful information

DA
David A.

This speaker is very effective and engaging

LC
Lee C.

Interesting guy

NM
Natasha M.

Informative.

JM
James M.

Informative and well presented.

FB
forrest b.

Everyone's least favorite topic but interesting nevertheless

DT
Dana T.

Excellent presentation and many good tips.

RS
Richard S.

good refresher

MF
melvin f.

Would have good to hear more from Mr. Abrams. He's conversational, gives good information...helpful, practical stuff we all must keep in mind. Very important content. Nice to have it so well codified.

PC
Patricia C.

very practical program

GK
Gary K.

An outstanding presentation touching on the basic principles of how to avoid malpractice claims.

VP
Vijay P.

Great course.

RS
Robert S.

Good content!

BC
Brandy C.

good presentation and tips/reminders

SK
Stanard K.

a god presentation by a good solid lawyer

WC
William C.

Excellent!

RK
Robert k.

In a nutshell, excellent. Knew the subject matter and gave good points on clients to avoid. Thoughtful.

FM
Florence M.

Excellent presentation.

TR
Tamber R.

Very informative course.

CO
Catherine O.

Very practical advice on ethical issue.

JM
James M.

The best course that I have taken on Lawline.

JL
Jonathan L.

Very good practical advice and appreciate the only one hour duration.

JR
JA R.

good course, very worthwhile

AF
Andrew F.

Very good speaker

AG
Arthur G.

Very well presented. Excellent and practical suggestions.

PL
Perry L.

very clear presentation

CC
Carol C.

Highly recommend this practical course

DH
Daniel H.

This 1 hour is really excellent.

CB
connie b.

Excellent!!

DR
Dane R.

This fellow knows his subject, and a vital subject it is. Take an hour and see this presentation and take careful notes.

MW
Mary F W.

Excellent blend of general and specific examples.

SB
Susan M. B.

Very well presented at perfect pace. Speaker very knowledgeable. Interest maintained throughout presentation

WG
William G.

Excellent review of complex and important area which should be of concern to all attorneys.

MW
Michael W.

Excellent Course! Covers all the bases.

WD
William D.

Its interesting to listen to Mr. Abrams speak.

RD
Robert D.

Excellent presentation, would highly recommend this to others. I hope Daniel Abrams gives more ethics courses on Lawline.

JW
Jason W.

The presentation by an attorney involved in legal malpractice adds practical advice that may not be obvious beyond the text of the rules.

EM
Edward M.

Very informative, especially for a sole practitioner!

JN
John N.

Numerous helpful and practical guidelines for avoiding malpractice pitfalls by careful client selection, constant communication, and not getting in over your head.

CG
Carlton G.

straightforward, useful, and entertaining manner of presentation.

RW
Randal W.

very practical and therefore useful

CB
Craig B.

Very well done

EC
eric c.

A BREATHE OF FRESH AIR. THANK YOU

SB
Susan B.

As usual, another great speaker. Thank you lawline.

PB
Paul B.

Great breakdown of some of the most salient issues in this field. I thought that the discussion of conflicts was particularly good.

GE
Gbolahan E.

Excellent

MM
Morgan M.

Reccomended.

CD
Catherine D.

One of your best presenter. His advice on client selection should be mandatory viewing for new lawyers

MR
Matthew R.

I thought that this had some really interesting discussion on this issue.

SH
Susan H.

Excellent coverage of a very important topic, with great advice from a seasoned attorney.

BA
Barry A.

Effective speaker. Good information presented!

RC
Richard C.

a nice presentation!

RS
Rena S.

Excellent - cogent, and well-presented.

DD
David D.

Succinct and commons sense.

BB
Bruce B.

Great course

ED
elizabeth d.

Down to earth advice based on experience and sound legal concepts

RD
Ryan D.

Thank you.

PG
Patt G.

good material, well presented

JC
Jacqueline C.

Pretty basic information - good presentation.

SA
Suuzen Ty A.

Nice review of areas where attorneys can run into trouble by not staying focused on rules of ethics in all transactions.

AF
A E F.

Informative and interesting. Thank you Mr Abrams.

SC
Sam C.

Focus on practical

HG
Henry G.

Excellent course.

TB
Thomas B.

Good program

HT
Holly T.

I believe this course is great for newly admitted attorneys only

KC
Ken C.

Excellent seminar!

RF
Robert F.

Great presentation

LG
Lisa J. G.

Especially enjoyed the portion on spotting clients who are troublesome

SH
Savonala H.

Highly recommended .. Solidly good advice for practicing lawyers.

JD
John D.

Solid practical advice

HB
Harry B.

very specific sdvice

SD
Shirley d.

Very fortifying. Renewed reminders for inclusions in retainer agreements & essential client communication - client inclusion in tactics, etc.

SB
Suzanne B.

Very comphrensive

CY
Christopher Y.

This was a good, concise "refresher" on basic, practical ethics.

JW
James W.

Well organized.

GA
Geoffrey A.

excellent speaker

HA
Hari A.

Very Informative and thought provoking!

JP
John P.

good course, very good information presented in an interesting way

RC
Robin C.

great course with lot's of practical information.

CA
Chris A.

Good program, both substantively and in presentation

EB
Emeline "Mickey" B.

Good course.

AM
ANTONIO M.

Very good advice and information.

RC
Richard C.

Good speaker. Obviously has a lot of substantive knowledge.

DG
david g.

Nicely done, very informative.

KF
Kirl F.

Good

HS
Herbert S.

This lawyer provided an excellent overview and refresher presentation in the area of the course.

JY
Jack Y.

Excellent presentation

ST
Stuart T.

practical advice well presented

DR
Daniel R.

Good substance

CD
Craig D.

Every lawyer should be required to take this course within 30 days of starting to practice!

KW
Kelly W.

Excellent--very practical

JW
Jennie W.

Excellent presentation and advice!

MA
Melvin A.

VeryWell presented and informative as well as interesting

MA
michael a.

Very helpful, practical course.

DB
Donald B.

Very informative

TS
Terence S.

Well done

LL
Lynn L.

Good delivery.

JT
John T.

Well done

AP
Andrew P.

Concise!

GM
Gerald M.

Useful practical advice.

SK
Sandra K.

Excellent overview and some very good reminders and office practices.

JS
Jennifer S.

very useful practical info!

RC
Rachel C.

Really interesting and practical explanation of the ethics rules!

JC
Julius C.

Very helpful in connection with keeping a good relationship with clients.

PW
Patricia W.

Excellent presentation.

MC
mark c.

nice presentation and demeanor on a touchy subject

MB
Mary B.

Excellent presentation. Articulation was perfect. Touched on many topics in the right amounts of time.

NG
Nichole G.

Great seminar and covered great areas!

TW
Thaddeus W.

Good presentation, thank you.

CH
Constance H.

speaker very knowledgeable and interesting to listen to

JN
Jeanne N.

Quiet but thoughtful.

BH
Barry H.

Well organized and well presented.

KA
Kathryn A.

some technical difficulties, but great downloads really helped. Thanks.

MS
Maria S.

no it was excellent

RM
Rebecca M.

This was a good seminar - the length was good and the speaker was very good.

DL
David L.

Nice overview of the topic

CW
Carol W.

The technology and screen interface were excellent. I enjoyed the fact that the speaker had great slides, but spoke to them as appropriate. He didn't read them to us.

NT
Napha T.

Lots of great information in time allotted! And no computer issues during this course!

ML
Mark L.

Thought it was very good. Worked great too.

TR
Tammy R.

Very helpful and informative

CM
Cynthia M.

Very good course. Thank you for offering it.

RM
Rob M.

I was surprised. He did a great job. Entertaining and informative

PP
Paul P.

This was one of the better Ethics presentations I have seen in 10 years.

VB
Vicki B.

Very effective speaker, great presentation, thanks!

AN
Alex N.

A very nice basic overview. Interesting discussion of clients to avoid accepting.

TR
Thomas R.

Excellent practice pointers.

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