Strategies for Defending Indefensible Claims Ethically, Effectively, and Successfully
Recognizing Indefensible Claims, Providing Zealous Representation, Deploying Effective Defense Strategies
Recording of a 90-minute CLE video webinar with Q&A
This CLE course will explain how trial attorneys in high stakes litigation can navigate such things as client or witness illegal activity related or unrelated to the case, suspected witness or client perjury, changing stories, and suspicious activities, but still ethically represent the client. A former Assistant United States Attorney and a seasoned trial lawyer will discuss how to ethically, effectively, and successfully defend seemingly indefensible claims and avoid professional malfeasance.
- Characteristics of indefensible cases and the ethical issues and concerns presented
- Defining characteristics and concerns
- The ethical issues and concerns presented
- Providing zealous representation
- Assessing whether you can provide the requisite zealous representation
- Understanding the boundaries of what you can and cannot do
- The attorney-client privilege and the crime/fraud exception
- Defense strategies
- Maneuvering to early settlement
- Handling media/publicity
- Pursuing technical defenses
- Mechanics of defending such cases
The panel will discuss these and other essential issues:
- If optional, should counsel ever choose/choose not to take an indefensible case?
- Should counsel withdraw upon learning facts that render the case indefensible?
- What should counsel look for in a jury in "indefensible" cases?
- Does pursuing technical defenses hurt or help the case?
Peter J. Biging
Mr. Biging is an accomplished trial and appellate attorney with more than 30 years of experience as a litigator in the... | Read More
Mr. Biging is an accomplished trial and appellate attorney with more than 30 years of experience as a litigator in the state and federal courts of New York. As co-chair of the firm’s nationwide Management and Professional Liability practice group, he counsels and defends directors and officers against claims alleging fraud, negligence, and breach of fiduciary duties, and a variety of professionals against claims based on alleged errors and omissions (E&O) in the performance of their professional services. Mr. Biging also regularly litigates labor and employment practices liability claims, commercial disputes, and municipal liability claims premised on alleged civil and constitutional violations.Close
Michael S. Ross
Law Offices Of Michael S. Ross
Mr. Ross concentrates his practice in attorney ethics. He is a former Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal... | Read More
Mr. Ross concentrates his practice in attorney ethics. He is a former Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division of the Southern District of New York and also served as an Assistant District Attorney in Kings County. Mr. Ross has been an Adjunct Professor at Benjamin N. Cardozo Law School since 1980 (where he teaches Fall and Spring Semester courses in Litigation Ethics). He has also taught a variety of trial practice and judicial administration courses as an Adjunct Associate Professor at Brooklyn Law School since 2005 (where he teaches year-round Fall, Spring and Summers courses in Professional Responsibility). In addition, in three and a half decades of teaching at Cardozo Law School, he has taught a variety of ethics, trial practice and judicial administration courses. Mr. Ross is a frequent lecturer and author on topics involving ethics, trial practice and criminal law for such organizations as the Practicing Law Institute, the Appellate Divisions, First and Second Departments, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the New York State Judicial Institute, the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, the New York State Bar Association, the New York County Lawyers’ Association, the New York State Association of Trial Lawyers and the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers.Close