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Ethical DOs and DON'Ts: Attorney Grievances and Criminal Liability

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Produced on October 18, 2016

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Course Information

Time 1h 31m
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Ethics Litigation

Course Description

Attorneys Evan Schwartz and Matthew Conroy guide you through the labyrinth of landmines surrounding grievances and criminal liability for attorneys. Join them as they describe the conduct that leads to attorney grievances and how to avoid it. Matt and Evan also walk you through the conduct that exposes attorneys to potential criminal liability, and strategies as well as practice tips for managing both the grievance and criminal liability processes.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the types of affirmative conduct and misconduct that lawyers typically engage in leading to grievances, and the potential impact on their licenses
  2. Engage in best practices to avoid a grievance being filed against you
  3. Identify how to respond to an inquiry by the government making the attorney the target of an investigation
  4. Recognize what happens when the attorney becomes a criminal defendant
  5. Gain an appreciation of how to handle the approach of the attorney becoming a witness or the subject of a subpoena

Credit Information

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Evan Schwartz

Schwartz Law

Evan S. Schwartz, founding partner of Schwartz Law, is a highly skilled insurance recovery litigator and strategist. He leads his firm’s Insurance Litigation, Claims & Consulting Group, representing policy holders, as well as its Business and Complex Litigation Group. He has a national reputation for his work representing professionals in Long Term Disability Income Insurance claims and litigation, having won and settled countless cases across the country. Mr. Schwartz lectures and publishes regularly on long term disability and other insurance recovery issues. He is and has been admitted in Federal and State Courts around the country to handle insurance recovery lawsuits.


Mr. Schwartz started his legal career as a law clerk at the New York Court of Appeals, New York’s highest court. He then represented insurance companies and has been instrumental throughout his career in setting legal precedent in the field of insurance law that continues to impact cases today. He has been inducted as a lifetime member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. The Forum acknowledges excellence in advocacy by lawyers throughout the United States and is limited to attorneys who have won multi-million dollar verdicts, awards, and settlements.


Mr. Schwartz is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Touro Law Center, teaching insurance law and law practice management. He also served as President of the Touro Alumni Association for five years. For more information regarding Mr. Schwartz and his practice, go to www.disabilityinsurancelawyers.com or www.schwartzlawpc.com. Mr. Schwartz can be reached at 212-608-5445 or ess@schwartzlawpc.com

Matthew Conroy

Schwartz Law

Matthew Conroy is a seasoned trial lawyer and has successfully helped his clients prosecute and defend complex business, healthcare, insurance recovery and real property matters. He is a valued member of the firm’s practice groups in Business and Complex Litigation, Trial and Appellate Practice, and Insurance Litigation. Mr. Conroy is widely respected and nationally known in the field of complex healthcare litigation. 

Mr. Conroy received his bachelor’s degree from Holy Cross College and his Juris Doctorate from Hofstra University School of Law. He is admitted to practice in New York and Massachusetts, where he has successfully represented clients in state and federal court.  

Mr. Conroy is an avid triathlete and runner, having competed in Ironman Lake Placid, the Boston Marathon and the New York Marathon.


M S.

very good

Ann G.

There was much repetition in this presentation. I could have been done in one hour.

Donald L. M.

Interesting, broad, and well-presented.

John K.

This program is valuable for all attorneys!!

Thomas C.

Well done

Robert N.

very good

Lawrence J.

Easy to follow, organized,

Geoffrey D.

The Presenters had great practical insight.

Gregory S.

worth it.

Jo M.

Both presenters are knowledgeable and well-spoken, and they conveyed an enormous amount of information in an organized and effective manner.

Walter S.

very good course

Steven H.

Ethical examples are so important - to humanize the rules and the decisions they require of us is so important, and well done here.

hector g.

good stuff

Khristine M.

The examples were very helpful.

William H.


Hilary J.

The two speakers communicated well together.

Caroline G.

easy to set up and efficient to use.

Randy H.

Loved this course very helpful!

Nichole G.

This was a very good CLE and very informative!

Laticia A.

Very knowledgeable instructors. I especially appreciate their ability to navigate and apply various states' ethics rules and the Model Code.

James Ming C.

This is one of the best ethics programs I have ever seen. I will tune in for these instructors' programs whenever they appear on Lawline.

claude w.

They did a good job. Very focused on the most likely ethical violations. Informative!

Susan L.

one of the best programs I have enjoyed - very relevant and very well presented.

Gaston W.

Maybe boost the outline a bit. But overall EXCELLENT.

John C.

good presentation.

Maeve T.


Savery G.

excellent presentation -- clear with good, practical examples of how rules apply in real life situations.

Nick E.

Good presentation. The attorneys made the information relevant and interesting by tying it to real life situations and not just reading chunks of the code.

Carrol C.

Excellent speakers.

Howard H.

Excellent presenters

Edward S.

Very informative

John F.

This was a very interesting presentation. I appreciated the time they took to go into depth on certain issues instead of covering everything in summary fashion. I also used my wireless headset and the connection was solid and allowed me to use the written materials during the presentation.

Mara H.

The two attorneys who presented this CLE were extremely knowledgable and gave excellent real-world examples of problems and issues lawyers may face.

Michael K.

very informative program

Diane M.

Too much time spent on basics.

Senna A.

This is an important topic and I really like these presenters. They work together well and had some good practical advice. My favorite was how to get clients to stop asking for stuff constantly - charge them for every interaction!

Clarence S.

Excellent discussion of difficult area of ethics and law.

Marshall L. E.

excellent presentation

Crane L.

Good training. Relevant. And VA specific. Thank you.

Elizabeth D.

Excellent program with a good mix of rules and real world examples.

Maudine E.

Excellent presentators!!!

Patricia L.

Good lecturers and nice flow between them - substantive but never dry!

Jerry L G.

Thank you...

Sarah R.

While I will (thankfully) never encounter many of these issues, I found the substance of this course informative and the section on withdrawing as counsel was helpful.

Richard B.

Good content. Practical.

Paul S.

Excellent presentation.

Adria B.

well done!

Robertah C.

Terrific program. One of the most helpful ethics courses in a long time.

Herbert L.

ethics course always good one

Linda R.

Two very seasoned, honest attorneys who share valuable information. Don't miss this lecture.

Dennis G.

Good primer course.


good refresher!!

Steven W.

Good reminder on many things. The case examples were both helpful and interesting.

Christina S.

Great presenters for often dense areas.

Russell B.

What I appreciate is how the course was designed to include the Va. Rules of Professional Conduct with and in comparison to both NY and CA Rules. Thanks, Russell Brahm

Michael O.

Thank you

Deborah H.

great presentation. good speakers

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