An ethics violation can be an attorney’s worst nightmare. And with continually evolving rules, it is far from simple to avoid one.
Join “Thorny Ethics Issues You Can’t Ignore,” a complimentary 95-minute webinar on Sept. 27 presented by LexisNexis, where experts who flourish in this quagmire will share insights aimed at assisting attorneys across diverse practices navigate tough ethics issues. Plus, attendees earn those coveted ethics CLE credits!
The webinar will explore applicable rules and recent cases that touch on:
• Subject matter and information conflicts
• Advanced waivers
• Commercial litigation funding
• Privilege issues, particularly for in-house counsel
• Internal investigations/privilege
• Outside counsel guidelines
Abraham C. Reich
Fox Rothschild LLP
Named as one of the leading litigation attorneys in Pennsylvania by Chambers USA, Abe’s practice involves all aspects of business litigation, including:
• trade secrets
• intellectual property matters
• legal ethics and professional responsibility
• alternative dispute resolution
• other corporate matters
Abe also represents lawyers and serves as an expert witness in legal ethics, professional responsibility and law firm matters. Abe teaches a course at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law entitled, “Ethics and Advocacy – From the Boardroom to the Courtroom.” He frequently lectures and writes on business litigation, legal ethics and professional responsibility.
Amar D. Sarwal
Vice President and Chief Legal Strategist
Association of Corporate Counsel
Amar D. Sarwal is the Vice President and Chief Legal Strategist of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) in Washington, D.C. ACC is the world’s largest legal association dedicated exclusively to serving the interests of in-house counsel. With an international membership of more than 40,000 in-house lawyers at more than 10,000 organizations in 85 countries, ACC serves as the “voice of the in-house bar” for corporate lawyers at 98 percent of the Fortune 100 and 51 percent of the Global 1000.
In this position, Sarwal leads efforts to engage Chief Legal Officers and other legal executives, to challenge both law firms and in-house counsel to deliver real value for their clients and to shape the legal environment so that it advances the professional interests and unique perspectives of the in-house bar. To accomplish those objectives, he works with ACC’s leadership and members, government regulators and other organizations.
Sarwal joined ACC in 2010 as Associate General Counsel, directing key advocacy efforts and issues of importance to in-house counsel and the bar at large, such as multijurisdictional matters, corporate responsibility, attorney-client privilege, ethics and other issues that affect the ability of in-house counsel to provide effective guidance to their corporate clients.
Lucian T. Pera
Adams & Reese LLP
Memphis Partner Lucian T. Pera joined Adams and Reese in 2006 and focuses his practice on commercial litigation, media law, and legal ethics work. Lucian is a past Treasurer of the American Bar Association and a future President of the Tennessee Bar Association.
Lucian’s civil litigation practice has ranged widely and includes a variety of commercial, personal injury and intellectual property litigation, as well as numerous state and federal appeals.
Lucian’s extensive bar association work in the field of legal ethics and professional responsibility has resulted in local Tennessee, and national practice and leadership. He represents and advises attorneys, law firms, their clients, and businesses who deal with lawyers about all aspects of the law. Recent assignments have included defense of lawyers in disciplinary investigation, counseling clients with disciplinary and other claims against lawyers, advising law firms about loss prevention and claims, and defending and prosecuting motions to disqualify lawyers or for sanctions.
Michael J. Silverman
Partner and General Counsel
Duane Morris LLP
Michael J. Silverman is a partner in and General Counsel of Duane Morris LLP. He is the chair of the firm’s Information Technologies and Telecommunications Practice Group and a member of the Trial Practice and Professional Liability Defense Groups. As General Counsel, Mr. Silverman provides risk management and ethics guidance to the firm’s more than 750 lawyers. Mr. Silverman also maintains an active litigation practice, and regularly defends law firms against all manner of claims. Mr. Silverman represents clients in computer, e-commerce and technology law transactions, systems development disputes, commercial disputes and shareholder disputes. Mr. Silverman has counseled clients (vendors and users) on negotiating and drafting systems development contracts and outsourcing agreements, domestic and international software license agreements, Web hosting and development agreements, and telecommunications service agreements. Mr. Silverman has also litigated a number of large-scale information technology and e-commerce system failure disputes, as well as complex financial fraud, shareholder trade secret, non-competition, and commercial disputes in state and federal courts and before arbitrators.
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