Advising Clients During a Business Crisis Pursuant to ABA Model Rules 2.1 and 1.4

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Course Information

Time 60 Minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

In this course, attorney Aaron Solomon and CEO Meredith Parfet of the Ravenyard Group will discuss the attorney’s role as advisor in a business crisis, as conceptualized by the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct. They will begin by providing insight into the client’s perspective, exploring the many emotional, chaotic, and complex experiences the client is facing in the midst of crisis. They will then analyze the text of  ABA Model Rules 2.1 and 1.4, and their comments, and apply them to the attorney’s role as advisor. Additionally, they will explore the structure of a business crisis from a client’s point of view and provide specific techniques for advising a client in a business crisis by helping them set priorities. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Analyze the text of ABA Model Rules 2.1 and 1.4,  and their comments

  2. Examine the role of the lawyer as an advisor, through the lens of the ABA Model Rules

  3. Identify what a business crisis feels like from the client's point of view

  4. Review how to help a client in crisis set their priorities

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Aaron Solomon

Ravenyard Group

Aaron Solomon is the Director of Strategy for the Ravenyard Group, a crisis management consultancy that fuses communications, strategy, and an emphasis on leadership resiliency. He holds a JD from the University of Chicago and prior to his work with Ravenyard had a fourteen-year career as a litigator with a focus on appellate and arbitration work. His career highlights include representing the State of Colorado in arbitrations under the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement, believed to be some of the largest conducted in the United States, participation in the successful civil defense of US Secret Service agents in Howards v. McLaughlin, 634 F.3d 1131 (10th Cr. 2011), a case covered by the New York Times, and participation in Boim v. Quranic Literacy Institute, brought under the Antiterrorism Act of 1990, and resulting in a trial court verdict of $156 million. See 340 F. Supp 2d 885 (N.D. Ill. 2004). He clerked for Magistrate Judge Geraldine Soat Brown.

Meredith Parfet

Ravenyard Group.

Meredith Parfet is the CEO and Founder of Ravenyard Group. Meredith holds an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and has nearly two decades of asset management and hedge fund experience, including serving as the COO for two alternative investment funds. She has led organizations of all sizes, from tiny start-ups to managing 600 direct reports. She is also a passionate philanthropist and co-founded Denali Venture Philanthropy, an investment organization that funds entrepreneurs who are committed to social change.

Meredith believes in the importance of lifelong learning. She has certification in Lean Sigma Six Greenbelt and as an end of life doula. She is currently working towards a master’s degree in Chaplaincy at the Iliff School of Theology.