Taking the High Road: How to Deal Ethically with Bullies Who Don’t Play by the Rules

Production Date: May 04, 2017 Practice Areas: Ethics and Litigation Estimated Length: 3704 minutes


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Many attorneys practice with the misconception that their ethical duties require overly aggressive advocacy. Attorneys who bully, break ethical rules, and misuse their positions often excuse their bad behavior by referencing a “duty” to zealously advocate on behalf of their clients. These unprofessional adversaries misunderstand the Model Rules and the obligations that they impose on attorneys. In fact, their conduct violates ethical rules and exposes them to sanctions. In order to deter bad behavior and to encourage practice with civility, we must use the tools available to us under the Model Rules, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, and 28 U.S.C § 1927 to call unprofessional adversaries to task by reporting unethical acts, and in some cases, asking for sanctions.

This program, presented by Founder of Griesing Law LLC, Francine Friedman Griesing, covers several ethical issues arising out of aggressive litigation practices and presents an array of tools to use when dealing with opposing counsel who engage in those practices.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Understand the ethical rules and guidelines around professional conduct
  2. Discuss the common ethical challenges relating to aggressive client advocacy
  3. Learn appropriate responses to counsel who cross the ethical line 
Julie E.


Katie F.
Henrico, VA

not my area of law but very very informative

sonia C.
New Hyde Park, NY

this was very interesting

Hae P.
Vienna, VA


Steven P.
New York, NY

very knowlegeable

Christine M.
Brooklyn, NY

Excellent and worthwhile

Susan M. B.
Massapequa, NY

Presenter was very engaging and knowledgeable. Interesting topic. Well organized

Dennis G.
Carlton, MN

Excellent insights on an issue that happens more often than one might suspect or than it should!

Loxahatchee, FL

Good one!

Laura H.
Naperville, IL

This was very well done.

Amy E.
Weston, FL

Speaker was extremely informative and used great examples

Cheryl M.
Miami, FL

relevant for today

Allison T.
Fayetteville, NC

The program was very comprehensive and helpful.

Skye J.
Dallas, TX

Great ideas in the CLE.

David G.
Silver Spring, MD

The slides here were particularly good, with the "action steps" to delineate a framework of next steps. Very useful.

Gregory W.
Atlanta, GA

Very Approachable presentation. Not boring.

Dena R.
Fairfax, VA

Great coverage of the topic!

Laura M.
Brooklyn, NY

Excellent presentation with concrete examples and solutions.

Carly N.
Henrico, VA

Really helpful. I find that bullying is sadly the norm.

B.A. S.
Falls Church, VA

Really enjoyed the instructor.

Mark C.
Forest Hills, NY


Antoine M.
frederick, MD

Very pertinent and useful information

jesse s.
Commack, NY


Erik K.
Houston, TX

Good brisk pace through the material.

Holly H.
Stafford, VA

Very practical -- very good presenter!

Dale R.
Arlington, VA

Lawline is the Bestiest!

Harriet B.
Orlando, FL

Excellent analysis and presentation. She was very familiar with the subject matter and handled it efficiently.


I particularly enjoyed the suggestion of calling the court during "problem" depos - not only have I, I have thrown the offender out of the office and followed that with a motion. In these presentations, the harm done to the "offender's" client should be noted and steps to mitigate that damage should be suggested.

Virginia P.
Scarsdale, NY

Excellent course and materials, thanks!

kathleen s.
clifton, NJ

always enjoy these coursed

John C. T.
Yonkers, NY

good lecturer

Donna W.
Northbrook, IL

The instructor was excellent and her advice was so helpful and practical. The materials are quite useful too.

James S.
Richmond, VA


Abigail M.
Massapequa Park, NY

Very topical. Contained important ethical information and advice for common scenarios faced by litigating attorneys.

Harold L.
Miami, FL

Good presentation.

Geoffrey K.
Chappaqua, NY

Excellent program and very effective presenter. Information provided was detailed and communicated clearly.

Alexandra P.
Miami, FL

Very knowledgeable and engaging instructor.

Mary P.
Morris Plains, NJ

Great speaker!

Brian L.
Naperville, IL

This CLE was very helpful in educating attorneys on how to conduct themselves when faced with situations were bullying is taking place.

Harry B.
Norfolk, VA

She did a great job!

Linda L.
Manchester, CT

The bully conduct is tolerated by the CT state courts. The bully (often insurance defense) is allowed to use its conduct to accuse the non-bully of being the bully. Difficult to find a remedy.

Marc Z.
chestnut hill, MA

Instructor was well organized; gave good examples to keep things understandable and interesting and tried to connect with the viewers.

Kathleen O.

Very much enjoyed this particular CLE. Unfortunately "bullying" is alive and well (dare I say "thriving") in the legal profession.

Stephen D.
West Port, CT


John R. P.
Tampa, FL

The Speaker was clear in providing the steps one needs to take in addressing a situation that is perceived to be Professional Misconduct. That is very valuable in educating Lawyers to handle and deter such behavior (as well as refrain from such behavior).. Excellent Job!

Leonard S.
Frisco, TX

great cle topic

John A. M.
McLean, VA

Solid, well-organized presentation with useful practice pointers.

abrar q.
Chicago, IL


Robert B.
Alexandria, VA

Thank you

Elizabeth F.
Falmouth, MA

Wonderful, clear and concise. Excellent presenter.

Tom H.
Orange, VA

Case studies very helpful, also liked practice pointers at end

Natalia M.
Miami, FL

It was great!

Jacqueline S.
McLean, VA

excellent program

Charles C.
Petersburg, VA

Efficient use of my time. Thank you.

Lawrence G.
Queens, NY

Excellent preparation and presentation.

David L.
St. Louis, MO

great course

Jeffrey B.
Carle Place, NY


Matthew D.
Hoboken, NJ

This lecture was very interesting and helpful.

Donald L.
League City, TX

Thank You,

Louis D.
Phoenix, AZ

Excellent course!

Andrea W.
Orlando, FL

A very helpful presentation.

Kelly R.
Flagstaff, AZ

Great tips on hoe to deal with bullies. Thanks!

Nadia G.
Las Vegas, NV

Really enjoyed the topic. I am astounded at how rude some attorneys can be. I don't pull these shenanigans but it was interesting to hear about them.

Nancy P.
Oceanside, NY

while speaker was knowledgeable, i agree with some others who wrote that advise is not always practicable since judge's are reluctant to sanction and/or enforce rules of conduct.

Steven K.
Northport, NY

Nice course.

Kristine C.
Dubuque, IA

Excellent presentation of spoken and written materials by this speaker, both in terms of law and practical application. I couldn't help but think this speaker had lived some of her examples, all of which were on point.

Eileen N.
Seattle, WA

A very well done program.

christopher r.
spotsylvania, VA

Good presenter; knew her stuff and reviewed it well.

Juliana G.
Irving, TX

Great program

James V.
Bronx, NY


Aparna K.
Centreville, VA

Well presented!

Richard S.
Hartsdale, NY

this should be very valuable to young lawyers

Stephanie A.
Salt Lake City, UT

This is an awesome course. If you need endorsement of this particular course, refer people to me. This was easily understood and provided practical suggestions for handling cases of bullying. Thank you.

Katherine A.
Forest Grove, OR

Very well done with real world examples and helpful suggestions.

Gregory S.
Fayetteville, NY

Great presentation. I picked up some things.

David D.
Memphis, TN

This presenter was very efficient with her time and did a great job communicating her points

David S.
waco, TX

Very competent

Susana O.
Alexandria, VA

Great presenter. Would like to see other presentations from her

Mary Anne M.
mechanicsville, VA

excellent presentation and very pertinent to lawyers

Jennie W.
Washington, DC

Very informative and well presented.

irina a.
reno, NV

good hands on manual re: how to deal with aggressive and inappropriate opposing counsel's conduct.

Elizabeth W.
Newport News, VA

Speaker was engaging and informative.

Rachel C.
Clifton, NJ

Excellent and informative. I really appreciated the concrete suggestions and examples.

Natale S.
Clifton, NJ

It was interesting, practical and thought provoking. You need to hear these things from time to time.

Rachel L.
New York, NY

Thought the instructor's concrete, pragmatic suggestions were extremely helpful. Great, thoughtful, useful presentation.

Michael W.
Orange, CT

Good substantive presentation with examples from her practice.

Andrea B.
Morganville, NJ

Excellent presentation.

Thomas K.
Arlington, VA

Very good, effective presenter on a topic that should be discussed more frequently today.

Erin H.
Norfolk, VA

very interesting!

Gayle H.
Fairfax, VA

Great CLE!

Laurie C.
Tarrytown, NY

Very interesting having dealt with many of the same issues

Louis M.
Houston, TX

Very Informative

David H.
Apopka, FL

Outstanding presentation. Highly recommended.

Amanda R.
Louisville, KY

Good examples used; spoke well

Walter M.
Chesterfield, VA

Exceptional presentation.

john m.
Orange, CT


Carrie B.
las Vegas, NV

Very smooth and meaningful presentation.

Patrick A.
Berea, OH

Very helpful.

Anthony A.
Fords, NJ

The lecturer was very knowledge with personal, specific examples from her own career on this topic.

Taylor B.
Arlington, VA

Great course!

James M.
willowbrook, IL

Very worthwhile

Joleane D.
Alexandria, VA

Great course.

Bruce B.
Richmond, VA

Good course

Paul P.
Reston, VA

Excellent presentation

Louis D.
Washington, DC

Timely presentation given that the operating environment in our country has turned harsher

William B.
Alexandria, VA

Very well presented.

randal m.
Dallas, TX


Benjamin C.
Ridgefield Park, NJ

Very informative. Presentation was clear and organized.

Kathy D.
Lahaina, HI

provided practical solutions

Charles S.
Arlington, VA

The slides were very clear and relevant.

Fred B.
Austin, TX

Rather tedious topic but very well presented.

Patricia L.
San Antonio, TX

Good topic -

Corey E.
Renton, WA

Thank you!

Daniel W.
Washington, DC

Good program, and great layout on the website -- being able to switch between video and materials, etc.

Catherine S.
Little Canada, MN

Great practicer pointers from an engaging speaker.

Melissa M.
North Potomac, MD

The gender discrimination section was very informative.

Senna A.
Springfield, VA

The issue of bullying within the legal profession is an important one that doesn't often get the attention it needs. Thank you for providing this course! It was quite useful.

Shaune L.
Woodbridge, VA

Excellent presentation. Much appreciated

Jamila G.
High Point, NC

Great presenter! Very engaging! Worthwhile topic.

David P.
Duck, NC

Excellent presentation, timely and useful.

Mark M.
Washington, DC

Excellent subject and presentation.

Linda W.
Fredricksburg, VA

Excellent presentation.

Cathie H.
Mechanicsville, VA

Thorough and very informative!

Kathleen F.
Natick, MA

Excellent presentation.

Raymond G.
Key Largo, FL

Good speaker; good course.

Joy A.
Cliffwood, NJ

great presentation

John G.
virginia beach, VA

practical and effective, superb instructor

Penny W.
Springfield, VA

Excellent program for dealing with continuing problems of professionalism.

Lin B.
Austin, TX

The speaker was really good. Kept my attention.

Louella P.
Niles, IL

Liked that she gave a concise summary in conclusion.

Russell B.
Norfolk, VA

This was one of the best presented Ethics courses taken by me. Ms. GRIESLING WAS OUTSTANDING . Russell Brahm, Virginia

Maurice H.
Columbia, SC

Very good presentation: well organized and delivered

Richard S.
Manhattan, NY

Great information

Crane L.
Arlington, VA

Good course

Andrew H.
Sterling, VA

Practical. The presentation was put together well.

Jocelyne M.
San Diego, CA

This presenter was really good, engaging and thorough.

Mary Lou C.
Glastonbury, CT

Excellent presenter.

Paul S. R.
Catharpin, VA

unusually good, well organized presenter

Lisa O.
Quincy, IL

Very informative - great speaker

Marc P.
Longmont, CO


Timothy P.
Symsonia, KY

It was actually interested and informative.

Cara T.
Huntersville, NC

Great program!

Catherine H.
Fort Worth, TX


Diana K.
Oceanside, NY

Subject matter was interesting.

Mary B T.
Houston, TX

Very good indeed.

William R.
La Plata, MD

Fine program. Speaker was engaging

Keith M.

Interesting topic. Informative.

Michael S.
Richmond, VA

An extraordinary amount of information on a wide variety of subjects presented in a clear, concise manner. excellent.

Lara W.
Alexandria, VA

The course give some good practical tips on how to react to bullying situations.

Mark M.
Fort Worth, TX

I enjoyed this course.

Brenda S.
Durham, NC

Quite informative; expressed certain issues that should be considered ethics violations.

debby w.
Glencoe, IL

This was a very helpful presentation.

Chris R.
Las Vegas, NV

Fantastic seminar

Brian H.
Los Angeles, CA


Vincent D.
Easton, MD

This was a good one. Fran knows her stuff.

Holiday T.
Chicago, IL

Excellent presenter!

Jeffrey D.
Severn, MD

Good class - thank you!

Gary M.
Chesterfield, VA


Thomas Y.
Chicago, IL

Nice Presentaton

Janice R.
Chicago, IL

Very thorough

Dana P.
Rockville, MD

Best presentation yet. Packed with information, helpful and interesting.

Michael C.

I like the instructors very affirmative approach in addressing misconduct by opposing counsel.

Russell G.
Las Vegas, NV

Thank you!

George S.
Indianapolis, IN

The presenter was excellent.

Jeff S.
Cedar City, UT

Thank you.

Iris G.
Beverly Hills, CA

Many very important points were given.

Philip S.
High Point, NC

good job

Howard G.
High Point, NC

Excellent Presentation