Ending the Attorney-Client Relationship: Ethical and Fiduciary Duties
Best Practices to Avoid Ethics Violations and Malpractice Claims
Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A
This CLE webinar will provide attorneys and firms with a clear overview of the ethical considerations in terminating a client relationship in various select situations. The panel will outline post-termination obligations and best practices for smoothly concluding the attorney-client relationship.
- Termination of attorney by the client
- Termination because of attorney conflict of interest
- Termination under cloud of legal malpractice
- Terminating client for nonpayment of fees
- Terminating client for improper conduct
- Termination in connection with attorney’s departure from the firm
The panel will review these and other key questions:
- What ethical rules govern specific trigger events for terminating the relationship — and when do attorneys have discretion to fire the client?
- What should the termination notice to the client say and how much advanced notice should be provided to the client?
- What are the attorney's continuing fiduciary duties to a client post-termination?
Following the speaker presentations, you'll have an opportunity to get answers to your specific questions during the interactive Q&A.
Kim M. Jackson
Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young
He defends attorneys and other professionals in malpractice claims, represents companies and professionals in various... | Read More
He defends attorneys and other professionals in malpractice claims, represents companies and professionals in various types of complex commercial litigation, handles coverage disputes, defends catastrophic injury cases and defends employers in employment discrimination claims.Close
Michael P. Downey
An accomplished litigator, he advises law and accounting firms on legal, ethics and risk management issues and defends... | Read More
An accomplished litigator, he advises law and accounting firms on legal, ethics and risk management issues and defends those firms in a wide range of matters. Issues handled include partner departures and expulsions, client terminations, fee and fee-sharing disputes, conflicts of interest and waivers, privilege and confidentiality issue, and client solicitations and advertising.Close