This provocative (and sometimes humorous) presentation explores the question: How do we help our clients experience the legal system without walking away with a cynical view of the system, the judiciary, and even their own lawyer? The course will cover what lawyers can do, beyond the bare minimum ethical requirements, to “prime” clients for the best experience possible, without making ourselves (lawyers) crazy in the process. The program, presented by experienced practitioner Francine Tone, will examine the ethical requirements regarding client communications. These guidelines are merely minimum requirements that attorneys must comply with. Ms. Tone will explore how a lawyer can easily provide communications beyond these minimums with little to no additional effort but with exponential return. Additionally, the course will also provide tips for improving the client-attorney relationship, and will discuss best practices to help eliminate client grievances, complaints, and malpractice claims beyond the bare minimum requirements.
Francine has been a California lawyer since 1989 and is the managing partner of Tone & Tone, Attorneys at Law. She is an Appellate Law Specialist, certified by the California State Bar Board of Legal, with a focus in real estate, business, family law and criminal defense. She is a litigation and trial strategist helping trial attorneys shore up cases to reduce the likelihood of appeal or prevail on appeal. She has also sat as a judge pro tem for over 20 years.
Francine Tone, as the principal consultant, strategic advisor and trainer of Francine Tone & Associates LLC, offers leadership and emotional intelligence training to law firms, corporations and ski resorts. She is a trust-building and action expert and offers leadership and emotional intelligence training to law firms, business teams and ski resorts. She is a business and life integration strategist helping high achieving professional, business and executive women harness more time and energy to create the freedom you want so you can optimize business & life to live the life you dreamed, even when you think you are up against the wall and have nothing left to spare.
She is a 3-time #1 bestselling author, the author of the award-winning #1 bestselling book What Every Good Lawyer Wants You To Know and soon to be released book The Art of Action (Keys to More Freedom). Francine has also been dabbling with the internet since the 1990’s when she learned HTML coding and created her firm’s first website.
She is a top certified ski instructor and trainer, a scuba divemaster, a podium-finishing standup paddleboard racer and surfs her standup paddleboard in Hawaii for several weeks each year. Francine is married to her law partner and lives in the mountains near Lake Tahoe, California.
Great anecdotal stories.
A reinspiring look at the legal profession and practice, with practical methodology for putting yourself on solid ethical and reputational footing with clients and avoiding preventable pitfalls.
Wonderful presenter. The presentation touched my heart. And opened my eyes to certain things. How can i get the book?
She is by far my favorite lecturer . I would watch any f her CLE classes.
Thank you counselor!
This course was really helpful
Truly outstanding. Every lawyer in America should listen to Francine
Great seminar. Francis is the best.
What an excellent program. i thoroughly enjoyed it.
REALLY great presentation. Clearly empathetic counsel.
Wonderful Enjoyed the speaker and looking forward to the book