Ethical Issues in Litigation Finance (2020 Update)
Created on September 29, 2020
The use of litigation financing continues to engender spirited debate within the legal community. Attorney ethics requirements are a central focus of this debate – both for in-house counsel and private practitioners. Some of the major issues include an attorney's duty to use independent professional judgment, avoid conflicts of interest, and protect the attorney-client and work product privileges.
In this engaging and informative program, taught by Jim Batson, Senior Investment Manager and Legal Counsel for litigation finance company Omni Bridgeway, participants will learn how to use non-recourse litigation funding to, among other things, finance their cases, obtain working capital and create case portfolios. The program will address the basics of litigation finance and how the applicable Rules of Professional Responsibility intersect with litigation funding, as well as the notable legal decisions that have impacted the litigation funding industry in 2020, including a discussion of disclosure rules. A detailed appendix will be provided containing the ethics opinions and additional contents discussed during the program.
- Review the evolution and foundations of litigation finance
- Consider the ways that litigation finance and attorney ethics intersect
- Discuss the impact of recent legal case decisions on the subject
- Ethically integrate litigation financing into every step of litigation strategy (including on appeal)
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