Managing Common Ethical Dilemmas That Arise When Your Client Is an Organization

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Course Information

Time 60 Minutes
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Ethics

Course Description

The Rules of Professional Conduct deal primarily with the relationship between a lawyer and his or her client when the client is a human being. Rule 1.13 deals with that relationship when the client is a corporation, partnership or other organization and is the principal subject of this webinar. The webinar, presented by senior counsel Michael L. Temin at Fox Rothschild LLP, starts by identifying who is the client and who is not when the client is an organization. The course will address how the lawyer should act when the person acting for the organization proposes to act contrary to the best interests of the organization. Other items to be discussed include how the lawyer should deal with the client’s agents who may not understand whom the lawyer represents and who may believe that they are represented by the lawyer. Finally, the program will conclude with a cautionary tale and some best practices.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discern how the representation of an organization differs from the representation of a human being
  2. Examine when you may ethically represent an organization and one of its constituents and when you may not
  3. Identify and avoid the pitfalls of unintended simultaneous representation of an organization and one of its constituents

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Michael Temin

Fox Rothschild LLP

Michael L. Temin is a senior counsel at Fox Rothschild LLP.  He is the co-editor and a contributing author to the Pennsylvania Ethics Handbook, now in its fifth edition. He is a member, and a former co-chair, of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee and a member,  and former chair, of the Philadelphia Bar Association Professional Guidance Committee.  Mr. Temin was an Adjunct Professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.  He is a Fellow, and  a former Scholar in Residence and a Regent, of the American College of Bankruptcy.  He is a former chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association Section of Corporation, Banking and Business Law and of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Conference.  Mr. Temin graduated from Yale University, magna cum laude, and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, cum laude, where he was an editor of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif.