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Wireless Ethics and Confidentiality for Attorneys: How to Avoid Common Missteps

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Produced on May 14, 2020

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Course Information

Time 1h 7m
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Ethics

Course Description

Today, lawyers are now under an ethical duty to understand and utilize various technologies that aid in the representation of clients. With this duty comes challenges in the execution, from what to store and where, and how to access it from in and out of the office, to how to deal with inevitable missteps or errors. This program, presented by Christopher Farella of Epstein Becker & Green, P.C, will discuss each of these challenges, beginning with the ethical rules that are at play in the use of technology, considerations and risks attendant with that use, and best practices for maintaining the information. It will also explore inadvertent disclosures and how they should be handled, as well as the ethical considerations of social media. By incorporating these lessons, and recognizing the importance of proper use and safekeeping of information, lawyers will minimize client complaints and grievances, reduce the risk of court-ordered sanctions, and use the technology to best serve their clients’ interests.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the ethical rules that touch upon or in some way intersect with technology

  2. Examine the risks associated with using technology and utilizing best practices

  3. Explore the many ways that information can be disclosed inadvertently and how attorneys should respond

  4. Discuss the use of social media and its impact on the practice of law

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Christopher Farella

Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.

Christopher Farella is a member of the Litigation Department of Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. and also serves as Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.’s Deputy General Counsel with duties encompassing advice on ethical matters, resolution of conflicts of interest, and advising senior management on a wide-range of issues. Mr. Farella’s practice focuses on state and federal litigation in the employment, business, and white-collar criminal practice areas, with particular expertise on guidance and creative strategies regarding best practices for the preservation and collection of electronically stored information ("ESI"). Prior to joining Epstein Becker Green, Mr. Farella was an Assistant General Counsel at the North American headquarters of a global pharmaceutical company and he served as Chairperson for New Jersey Supreme Court District Ethics Committee.

Mr. Farella is a frequent speaker at CLE-accredited programs on ethics and attorney-client privilege topics. His most recent programs include:

  • “Wireless Ethics and Confidentiality for Attorneys” – Federal Bar Association of New York City (2018)
  • “Knock-Knock. Who’s There? The Government. How to Protect the Attorney-Client Privilege When The Government is at the Door” – Lorman Education Service (2018)
  • “Ethics and Professionalism” – New Jersey Association for Justice Meadowlands Seminar (2017)
  • “To Be a Legal Opinion or Not to be a Legal Opinion – that is the In-House Communication Question” – EBG White Collar Crash Course (2017)
  • “Ethics and Professionalism in the Technology Age” – NJAJ Boardwalk Seminar (2017)

Mr. Farella received his Bachelor of Arts degrees in History and Political Science from Rutgers University and his Juris Doctor from Seton Hall University School of Law. He is admitted to practice in the states of New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Courts of Appeal for the Third and Sixth Circuits, and the United States District Courts of New Jersey, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.


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Mary Jo B.

An informed and well-spoken presenter. Took a dry topic and made it interesting & informative. Well done!

John A. M.

Excellent, well-organized presentation. Extremely informative review of important, and occasionally overlooked, pitfalls associated with modern tech developments. Highly recommended.

Paola T.

The last few examples of "what not to do" were very funny and welcomed comedic relief.

Brian H.

Interesting topic engaging speaker

Lorenzo L.

Mr. Farella was excellent in his delivery, the program's content and his thoughtful approach to counseling attorneys on the pitfalls we may face using electronic communications devices. Bravo!

gerard m.

Another constantly evolving area course was a good introduction to issues involved

Pamela W.

Interesting presentation on this important topic.

Catherine H.

thanks, very interesting and good, engaging presenter who did a great job, thanks again

Robert K.

Very good!

Mary Ann S.

Very well done.

Yvonne B.


Diana K.

Excellent presentation. Very relevant.

Trevor R.

Very timely!

Ahban S.

This was a great course.

Mark S.

Thanks. Had some internet connection issues during part of the course, but enjoyed what I was able to hear.

Karla J.

Thank you.

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