Legal Ethics in the Era of Law Firm Mergers and Vereins: Navigating Fee-Splitting, Referral, Conflicts and Other Ethical Issues
Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A
This CLE webinar will examine the legal ethics issues attorneys and law firms face in an era of increasing firm mergers and growth. The panel will explore vereins and other alternative firm structures, outline the legal ethics challenges these mega firms present—including referral, fee-splitting and cost-sharing issues—and offer best practices for complying with ethical rules as law firms continue to merge, grow and globalize.
- Overview of recent merger activity
- Verein association structure
- ABA Model Rules and alternative firm structures
- Rule 1.5(e): Fees
- Rule 5.4: Professional Independent of a Lawyer
- Best practices for avoiding legal ethics missteps
The panel will review these and other key issues:
- What legal ethics issues arise when law firms adopt verein structures?
- What guidance does ABA Formal Opinion 464 offer for lawyers in firms with global locations?
- What client disclosures can help attorneys avoid violating Rule 1.5(e)?
Peter R. Jarvis
Holland & Knight
Mr. Jarvis practices primarily in the area of attorney professional responsibility and risk management. He advises... | Read More
Mr. Jarvis practices primarily in the area of attorney professional responsibility and risk management. He advises lawyers, law firms, corporate legal departments and government legal departments about the law governing lawyers, including matters relating to conflicts of interest, duties of confidentiality, other legal or professional ethics issues, advice on the avoidance of civil or criminal liability, law firm breakups, and questions relating to law firm or legal department structure and operation. Mr. Jarvis also serves as an expert witness and is an avid lecturer for public and private/in-house CLE seminars.Close
Janis M. Meyer
Hinshaw & Culbertson
Ms. Meyer focuses her practice on professional responsibility, risk management and professional liability law, with... | Read More
Ms. Meyer focuses her practice on professional responsibility, risk management and professional liability law, with particular emphasis on attorneys and law firms. Having served as the general counsel of a global firm, she is familiar with a broad spectrum of professional liability, human resource, and other risk management issues arising in law firms. Ms. Meyer is an adjunct professor of law at The Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University where she teaches "The Nuts & Bolts of Lawyering" and Legal Ethics.Close