Ethical Challenges Facing Attorneys Today

(925 Ratings)

Produced on: May 08, 2018

Course Format On Demand Audio

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Course Description

Time 62 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

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


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.


Ann W.

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

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.


Important points for practice handling clients.

Mary Ellen F.

Good Speakers!

Chartrisse A.

great information!

Andrew M.

Discussion format was great!

thomas l.

great practical advice!!!!

Christian C.

They presented their information in a precise and focused manner.

Salvatore M.

The instructors worked well together

Tanya C.

Thank you

Edward P.

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

Patrick M.

good format

Katina D.


Paul P.

Thank you.

Laura C.

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

Victor N. C.

Excellent presenters

Pamela W.

Good, practical discussion of the issues presented.

Philip V.

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

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!

Michael B.

Great presentation of ethical issues in an engaging format.

Robert B.


Paul B.

Great course; well presented.

Paul F. C.

very well done

Chris R.

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

Frederick B.

Relevant content

Cynthia K.

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

Michelle K.


Misha W.

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

Scott P.

Practical ethics talk.

Andrew A.

Very Good Discussion

Gregory C.

I liked the conversational format of this presentation.

Mary Kathleen O.

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

Kenneth R.

Presentation had a lot of good practical information

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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