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Ethics and the Entrepreneurial Client

(2786 Ratings)

Produced on: January 09, 2014

Course Format On Demand Audio

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Course Description

Time 60 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Start-up and entrepreneurial clients pose both unique opportunities and special risks to their lawyers.  Such clients often need high-end corporate representation, but rarely have the money to pay regular corporate rates.  Lawyers representing start-ups frequently represent established corporations in the same industry, leading to conflicts of interests and other problems.  And when a start-up business goes bust, there may not be anybody to pay disgruntled stakeholders, leaving lawyers at increased risk of liability.  In this course, Mr. Abrams tackles the most problematic ethical issues which commonly arise in the representation of start-up clients.

Learning Objectives:

I.    Comprehend needs of Entrepreneurial Clients

II.   Properly invest with a client

III.  Utilize different methods to collect fees

IV.  Avoid conflicts of interest between companies and stockholders

Faculty

Daniel Abrams

Law Office of Daniel L. Abrams, PLLC

Daniel L. Abrams’ practice focuses on legal malpractice, and business litigation. Mr. Abrams has helped many corporations and individuals complaining of inadequate legal services or overbilling obtain relief and settlements from their former attorneys.  He represents mostly plaintiffs but occasionally defendants in legal malpractice cases and other disputes related to legal ethics, including legal fee disputes, breach of fiduciary duty cases, cases alleging conflicts of interest, and other professional responsibility issues.  Lawyers and law firms frequently hire Mr. Abrams to serve as lawyer, expert or consultant on issues related to legal ethics or the law governing lawyers.  He has taught legal ethics to other lawyers for the Practicing Law Institute, the New York State Bar Association, Lawline.com and Access MCLE. He has also appeared as a guest lecturer at Suffolk Law School.

In addition to his legal malpractice and ethics practice, Mr. Abrams has an active business litigation practice. Mr. Abrams’ clients include business owners, general counsel, and individuals in a full range of business litigation and arbitration matters.  His cases have included business dealings arising out of oil & gas contracts, licensing agreements, business mergers, employment agreements, financing arrangements, business fraud, trade secrets, and corporate whistleblower allegations.  His litigation cases include a successful multi-million dollar reversal of an arbitration award, a defense victory after a bench trial in a breach of contract case, and many favorable settlements of commercial disputes and legal malpractice cases.

Mr. Abrams received his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1995 where he was an Olin Fellow of Law and Economics. He is a member of The Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, where he served on the Professional Responsibility Committee and the Subcommittee on Lawyer Promotion and Advertising from 2004-2007.  He is a member of the bar of the United States Supreme Court, Southern District of New York, Eastern District of New York, Second Circuit United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit United States Court of Appeals, and Tenth Circuit United States Court of Appeals. 

Reviews

MB
Megha B.

Very helpful & relevant

JB
James B.

Good speaker. Nice use of hypothetical to illustrate the information.

JN
John N.

Excellent course - If I needed an ethics lawyer (and could afford one), I'd hire Daniel in a heartbeat.

LB
Laurie B.

Good presenter.

MH
Matthew H.

Great presentation.

JT
Jaime Alejandro T.

Great program!

PC
Peter C.

good course

TD
Tom D.

Clear, useful presentation.

WM
William M.

Quite informative

PJ
Pamela J.

Very easy to watch, and pertinent to every day practice of law. Thx

EW
Edward W.

Interesting topic area. Would recommend it to other lawyers who work with small business situations.

PG
Paul G.

Awesome!

PB
Paul B.

Great job

EZ
Elizabeth Z.

Thank you.

SP
Susan P.

Reviewing the rules are always a good idea - and advising to be cautious with an entrepreneurial client - very good advice and scenarios.

BB
Belinda B.

Good use of example to use throughout the discussion.

AF
Alain F.

The substance provided a good primer.

MW
Mark W.

Nice to have a litigator's perspective on emerging company representation

RC
Rebecca C.

Very informative!

DS
David S.

good show

JT
John T.

very good presentation

RL
Richard L.

informative and helpful

DR
Diane R.

excellent content and presentation

RF
Ricks F.

THe speaker did a good job of puting context around why common sense precautions are particularly important in representing a start-up client.

MY
Melissa Y.

very good course

FG
Fabian G.

VERY PRACTICAL INFORMATION

RS
Robert A. S.

Well done

MB
Melanie B.

Informative.

DE
David E.

Enjoyed the subject matter-good hour of ethics.

KL
Kirk L.

good

MC
Marie C.

Good information on scope of representation, conflicts and alternative fee arrangements.

NG
Norman G.

Excellent speaker and presentation.

EW
Emily W.

love the ability to take note, see the slides and view the video. excellent format!!!

MD
Matthew D.

Overall a good course. Interesting topic. I would have enjoyed hearing more information. Perhaps a 1.5 hour course. I will likely watch this again.

MJ
MITZI J.

Great lecture

KP
Katie P.

Great course - condensed material, extremely informative!

SA
Sharon A.

Very helpful

CH
Christopher H.

Good speaker on an unclear area

TO
Tracey O.

very informative

LB
Larry B B.

Excellent.

CS
Carol A S.

Great job discussing "Who is your client?" which many speakers ignore.

TJ
Terrie J.

Great information!! Good speaker

DV
Daniel V.

Helpful basics before entering a new type of relationship with a client.

RS
Robert S.

Interesting material.

BF
Blair F.

Well organized and highly relevant.

AL
Andy L.

Substantive and relevant topic since firms are struggling with this.

CS
Cynthia S.

I thought it was appropriate knowledge and time wise.

CC
Craig C.

Good speaker

JW
Jeffrey W.

Interesting and well done.

JV
Joseph V.

excellent presentor

GB
Glenn B.

Relevant and helpful.

JR
James R.

Quite good

MM
Michelle M.

good stuff

DB
Daniel B.

nice opresentation

WG
William G.

Very informative.

TD
Theodore D.

very informative

TW
Tom W.

A very informative presentation.

DA
Denise A.

liked the client, former client or non-client analysis

EF
Elizabeth F.

Coverage of what you can waive is helpful.

DK
Darwin K.

Usefull ilnformation

TB
Thomas B.

Very good program for the amount of time allotted

TK
Thomas K.

Daniel Abrams did a very nice job presenting this minefield area!!

RF
Rosanne F.

Great program.

KB
Kelvin B.

Some very insightful information regarding representing start-up clients. I would like to have seen more discussion regarding the ethical and legal issues relating to advising client as to the best business structure.

RP
Richard P.

very helpful

MR
Michael R.

issues well presented

AA
Angela A.

Very interesting and timely discussion.

MG
Michael G.

Good, but the materials could be better.

TM
thomas m.

very good.

MB
Michael B.

Very useful and much needed at this time.

BT
Brooks T.

Excellent material

DR
Dane R.

Excellent illustrations and principles for ethics in representation of businesses. Highly recommended.

FR
Frieda R.

Interesting.

JM
Joseph M.

very helpful.

WH
Wil H.

Lots of important considerations

AP
Andrew P.

Interesting and helpful

DS
Daniel S.

A good review of an old familiar subject.

KC
Karen C.

Good hypotheticals to teach the subject

IH
Irene H.

Presenter was clear and easy to follow and provided practical information--

SC
Scott C.

Good for the time alloted

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