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Drafting Ethical & Professional Engagement Letters in New York

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Course Information

Time 50 Minutes
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Ethics Litigation

Course Description

The importance of an engagement letter cannot be overlooked. Engagement letters define the legal relationship between a firm and its clients and outline the scope of work and the agreement with the client regarding legal fees. They are required in New York by court rule and the Rules of Professional Conduct. 

This course will address the ethical rules requiring engagement letters, the proper contents of engagement letters, and how to address potential conflicts of interest in engagement letters. 

Presented by Vincent J. Syracuse & Carl F. Regelmann, this program will benefit all attorneys and law firms that draft engagement letters.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Examine the ethical rules requiring engagement letters
  2. Consider important topics to include in a thorough engagement letter
  3. Discuss ethical considerations when drafting engagement letters as well as best practices to avoid conflicts of interest 


Vincent J. Syracuse

Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP

Vincent J. Syracuse is the founder of Tannenbaum Helpern’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice and is currently its Co-Chair. With 50 years of litigation experience, he has earned a reputation as a problem-solver, a strategic tactician, and an aggressive advocate for clients. Recognized by Super Lawyers as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in the New York Metro area, Vince represents a variety of clients in complex commercial litigation in the New York State and Federal Courts on the pre-trial, trial, and in various alternate dispute resolution forums including mediation and arbitration. When not acting as an advocate for clients, Vince is often asked to serve as a mediator in cases where his help is sought to resolve commercial disputes and is the person other attorneys call upon as an expert witness on various aspects of attorney professionalism.

Vince also handles cases involving law firm and accounting firm malpractice and is routinely consulted on ethical and professional responsibility issues. He is experienced in handling matters on the appellate level including cases in the New York Court of Appeals, where early on in his career he was a law clerk.

Vince is active in numerous bar association activities and frequently chairs or participates in continuing legal education programs for judges and lawyers on various commercial litigation topics. Vince has chaired the New York State Bar Association's (NYSBA) successful program on ethics and civility for over twenty years and in April 2019 was honored by the NYSBA for his contribution to professionalism and continuing legal education.

Vince is a member of the NYSBA's Committee on Attorney Professionalism and Continuing Legal Education. For the past eight years, he has written the monthly Attorney Professionalism Forum in the NYSBA Journal which covers a variety of topics of interest to the bench and bar.

Vince has been selected for inclusion in New York Super Lawyers from 2006 through 2019, every year that selections were made.

Bar Admissions:

New York State

United States District Courts: Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of New York

United States Court of Appeals Second and Seventh Circuits

United States Tax Court

United States Supreme Court

Carl Regelmann

Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP

Carl Regelmann is an associate in Tannenbaum Helpern’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice. A litigator and trained commercial mediator, Carl advises on complex commercial litigation and has experience in all aspects of business-related litigation, arbitration, mediation and appellate practice including real estate, corporate dissolutions, derivative actions, construction, attorney malpractice, board of manager disputes, restrictive covenants and non-compete agreements, and partnership disputes.

He has represented clients in litigation in New York state and federal courts including international financial institutions, real estate developers and landlords, apartment co-op boards, food and beverage companies, and retail manufacturers. Prior to joining Tannenbaum Helpern, Carl was the Principal Law Clerk to New York State Supreme Court Commercial Division Justice Carolyn E. Demarest for over eight years.

Carl graduated cum laude from Cornell University and earned his J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Carl was recognized as a Rising Star in New York Super Lawyers from 2016-2019. Carl is a contributing author and editor to the monthly Attorney Professionalism Forum in the NYSBA Journal.

Bar Admissions:

New York State

United States District Courts: Southern and Eastern Districts of New York


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