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Ethical Challenges Facing Attorneys Today

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Produced on May 08, 2018

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Course Information

Time 62 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate
Categories Ethics

Course Description

This program, presented by Daniel Schnapp and Robert Tintner of Fox Rothschild LLP, will provide an overview of the most common ethical challenges facing attorneys today. Among the topics that will be discussed during the hour-long program are dealing with the “unworthy client,” avoiding ethical pitfalls and legal malpractice claims, and maneuvering the problems created by social media.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify how to spot an “unworthy” client, and understand your ethical obligations vis-a-vis that individual
  2. Examine common ethical pitfalls you’re likely to encounter, and how to avoid those pitfalls
  3. Develop best practices to avoid legal malpractice claims
  4. Successfully navigate the various ethical challenges that arise in the social media context

Credit Information

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Faculty

Daniel Schnapp

Fox Rothschild LLP

An experienced trial attorney, Daniel regularly counsels officers and directors, executives, shareholders, employers and employees in a wide range of sophisticated business issues and litigation. He represents clients in a variety of industries, including financial services firms, law firms, technology companies, hospitality companies, entertainment companies, hedge funds, real estate professionals, family-owned businesses, food manufacturers, publishing companies and insurance companies.

Daniel has tried and arbitrated complex business matters, including:

  • Shareholder and partnership disputes
  • Merger and acquisition litigation
  • Misappropriation and theft of trade secrets
  • Estate and fiduciary litigation
  • Director’s and Officer’s liability
  • Intellectual property
  • Cyber crime
  • Class actions
  • Family disputes
  • Corporate governance
  • Securities litigation
  • Employment litigation
  • Defamation and media issues
  • Art fraud
  • Ethics and professional liability

Additionally, Daniel is a member of the American Arbitration Association’s Roster of Neutrals, a group of highly accomplished and respected professionals from the legal and business communities who are trained to manage the dispute resolution process with fairness and in a cost-effective manner.



Robert Tintner

Fox Rothschild LLP

Robert Tintner is a partner at Fox Rothschild LLP in Philadelphia and the co-chair of the firm-wide Pro Bono Committee. He also has served on the firm’s Professional Responsibility Committee, the Accounts Receivable, Billing and Collections Committee, the Diversity Committee, the Recruitment Committee, and the Summer Associate Coordinating Committee (former Chair). His practice involves all aspects of real estate litigation, including title insurance matters, commercial litigation, professional liability matters, the representation of attorneys and law firms, defamation and first amendment matters and intellectual property litigation. Mr. Tintner is a co-author of two editions of “Wrongful Use of Civil Proceedings and Related Torts in Pennsylvania” published by The Legal Intelligencer.

Mr. Tintner is the 2016 recipient of the “Difference Makers Award” from the American Bar Association’s Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division. He was selected as a "Pennsylvania Rising Star" by Philadelphia Magazine and Law & Politics Magazine, 2006.

Mr. Tintner regularly presents seminars throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on professional responsibility, the Dragonetti Act, the avoidance of legal malpractice, quiet title and title insurance. Mr. Tintner presently sits on the board of directors for Philadelphia’s Volunteers for the Indigent Program and the Tangled Title Fund Committee. He previously served on the board of directors for Options and the Senior Law Center of Philadelphia.

Mr. Tintner received his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and his B.A., cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania School of Arts and Sciences. He is admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the State of New Jersey, as well as before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, the United States District Courts for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the Middle District of Pennsylvania and the District of New Jersey. Mr. Tintner is a member of the American, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Philadelphia Bar Associations. He is the immediate past co-chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Professional Guidance Committee and handles the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Ethics Hotline.



Reviews

LS
Lorien Elizabeth S.

Good presenters and interesting topic.

MG
Mark G.

This should be mandatory for all attorneys as they begin their practice of law.

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Ryan A.

Best one I watched to date. Enjoyed the 2 panel speaker format.

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Garrett L S.

Very knowledgeable panel.

LK
Linda K.

Great practical advice

MS
Max S.

Great practical advice from practicing attorneys.

RD
Rebekah D.

Thank you

WS
William S.

Excellent course with several practice tips to follow.

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Albert M.

Very good recommendations and reminders of the key ethics considerations when undertaking representation of mew clients.

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William S.

Good course. Good idea for everyone to be reminded about some of the things they spoke of

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Ingrid P.

Very informative.

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Catherine H.

I liked the presenters, they a nice, conversational manner and very informative material, thank you

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Yoshisuke Y.

This was a very effective course on ethics. Thank you.

MW
Monique W.

excellent

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Arye C.

Enjoyed the class. Always good to reminded of these issues.

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Pandora S.

very thoughtful and pragmatic analysis-thought provoking.

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Jaime Alejandro T.

This was one of the best CLE programs I have attended, or at least was very related with my line of practice and I could perfectly relate to the issues being discussed. Great program!

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Rebecca T.

Well done.

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Reynold M.

very precise presentation excellent.

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John Robert Z.

A good and valuable discussion about the "unworthy client".

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Andre O.

Keep up the good job

KL
Kirk L.

informative

DA
Don A.

Very important presentation!!!

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Myrna T.

I likes the two Atty convo approach. It made it more interesting.

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Samantha T.

This course was really effective at raising key issues.

WA
Wilber A.

Healthy discussion.

VT
Vincent T.

Excellent.

WD
William D.

Great seminar

GL
Guy L.

Highly informed and informative discussion of vital issues between two experts. Excellent course.

AB
Andrew B.

valuable essentials

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Clifford Y.

very succinct and yet substantive

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Bryan S.

Great two person format. These two individuals worked well together and made the presentation strong.

RP
Robert P.

excellent presentation of issues

JM
Jeffrey M.

This was very effective. The two instructor format was very well presented.

DE
David E.

Very informative ethics course.

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Erica D.

Very informative

DT
David T.

Great information - especially addressing the issues that involve withdrawal and difficult clients.

JB
Jaimi B.

Appreciated the views on worthy and unworthy clients and can extrapolate to my current experiences even outside of the field.

VG
Victoria G.

Very good presentation.

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Aimee C.

Good program

MK
Mark K.

Excellent program. Thank you.

CW
Colleen W.

Excellent presentation and thoughtful provoking and very useful for practicing.

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Thomas G.

Outstanding program

MS
Maximillian S.

This course in particular was exceptional and interesting.

RL
Rosa L.

The dialogue style of presentation made it more dynamic. The substantive law was supported by good practical examples.

JH
Joel H.

The way the conversation flowed made it very enjoyable to watch.

SS
Stephen S.

Enjoyed the course very much!

DR
Deborah R.

Excellent information and guidance

PG
Paula G.

This program was excellent and very interesting.

JC
John C.

Good job!

DH
David H.

Exceptionally well done!

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Stephanie A.

EXCELLENT PROGRAM!

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Eileen M.

The speakers were thorough and covered the topics clearly and concisely.

HS
Harrison S.

Both presenters did a very good job in teaching the nuts and bolts that a lawyer striving to be ethical and honest needs to take to protect themselves against on trustworthy clients and to prevent future malpractice claims, bar grievances, and general discourse and misunderstanding between attorney and client. Great job!

PA
Philip A.

Very practical advice and information.

JB
Jennie B.

knowledgeable and engaging presenter

KC
Kimberly C.

Sound advice for people practicing at any year.

EC
Erich C.

"Right" on Mr. Schnapp!

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francisco javier m.

good duo. effective communication of the topic

AG
Annette G.

Tintner was excellent.

DK
Danice K.

Excellent presenters

TC
Thomas C.

Excellent presentation.

SS
Steve S.

Very knowledgeable presenters; solid valuable course

WM
Whitney M.

Good discussion of how to approach certain ethical issues

KF
Kevin F.

Excellent.

KB
Kathryn B.

Very​ good interplay between the presenters.

MF
Melissa F.

This was very interesting and organized well.

AF
Aaron F.

Great presentations.

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GLENN S.

Nice presentation. Friendly tech.

FR
Frank R.

Both were very competent,

HA
Hirobumi A.

Good course.

JK
Jennifer K.

It was good.

MB
Melea B.

Informative and noteworthy.

JB
Jennifer B.

The conversational style helped me to think through the subject. The content was manageable and discussion thorough and helpful. One of the better ones!

RB
Richard B.

Excellent and practical presentation.

JR
Joseph R.

Fulfilled my expectations

PA
Peter A.

Q and A format very good.

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Robert S.

The program touched areas that attorneys should be aware of. I utilize many of the procedures outlined within the program

JB
Judith B.

A truly outstanding presentation.

BD
Beth Florence D.

Good lecture, lively pace, valuable discussion of “unworthy” client

JS
James S.

Very practical advice; much appreciated!

JF
John F.

Very practical and well-done course!

SF
Susan F.

Good advice

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Ingrid S.

Quite interesting

AW
Ann W.

The format was great. The presenters carried on an engaging conversation rather than a lecture.

NP
Nicholas P.

A treasure trove of information. Great insights into the unknown, i.e., the POTENTIAL for problems. A checklist for avoiding being retained by “unworthy” clients. A valuable reminder to paper, paper, paper. A great review of the section 1 rules of the Code.

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DAVID D.

Important points for practice handling clients.

MF
Mary Ellen F.

Good Speakers!

CA
Chartrisse A.

great information!

AM
Andrew M.

Discussion format was great!

TL
thomas l.

great practical advice!!!!

CC
Christian C.

They presented their information in a precise and focused manner.

SM
Salvatore M.

The instructors worked well together

TC
Tanya C.

Thank you

EP
Edward P.

Both speakers were really excellent and got right to the point.

PM
Patrick M.

good format

KD
Katina D.

knowledgeable

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Paul P.

Thank you.

LC
Laura C.

Great presentation with concise course materials. The back and forth interaction of the presenters kept it engaging and enjoyable. Highly recommended.

VC
Victor N. C.

Excellent presenters

PW
Pamela W.

Good, practical discussion of the issues presented.

PV
Philip V.

Good tips throughout different stages of representation from intake to final adjudications.

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Teresa H.

I really really enjoyed this presentation! Having the two attorneys each present AND discuss issues with each other kept the presentation very interesting and engaging throughout!

MB
Michael B.

Great presentation of ethical issues in an engaging format.

RB
Robert B.

Good

PB
Paul B.

Great course; well presented.

PC
Paul F. C.

very well done

RR
R. Christopher R.

Focus on the "unworthy client" is a necessary and underdiscussed topic in law firm management

FB
Frederick B.

Relevant content

CK
Cynthia K.

One of the best programs I've seen. Thanks.

MK
Michelle K.

excellent!

MW
Misha W.

The range of ethical pitfalls was broad and informative for practicing attorneys today. Knowledgeable instructors.

SP
Scott P.

Practical ethics talk.

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Andrew A.

Very Good Discussion

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Gregory C.

I liked the conversational format of this presentation.

MO
Mary Kathleen O.

Excellent discussion approach to presentation, particularly well done. Good examples.

KR
Kenneth R.

Presentation had a lot of good practical information

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Neil O.

Interesting material, well presented. I would be interested in a follow-up course by these presenters that goes into detail on the ethical issues that arise from electronic communications and social media.

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