Legal Ethics in the Era of Law Firm Mergers and Vereins: Fee-Splitting, Referral, Conflicts and Other Ethical Issues
Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A
This CLE course 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 Independence 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 do the ABA Model Rules offer for lawyers in firms with global locations?
- What client disclosures can help attorneys avoid violating Rule 1.5(e)?
O'Rielly & Roche
Mr. O’Rielly, an experienced litigator and trial attorney, advises and counsels California law firms and... | Read More
Mr. O’Rielly, an experienced litigator and trial attorney, advises and counsels California law firms and attorneys on strategic transitions: partner departure law, attorney ethics counsel, and law firm advice and planning. He also handles partnership disputes, litigation, and arbitration.Close
Iram P. Valentin
Kaufman Dolowich Voluck
Mr. Valentin is a business-minded litigator, who routinely represents the interests of clients in various industries,... | Read More
Mr. Valentin is a business-minded litigator, who routinely represents the interests of clients in various industries, including, but not limited to, the legal, insurance, financial, real estate, collections, and construction industries. In addition, he has successfully litigated complex matters on behalf of businesses in the restaurant, hospitality, transportation and manufacturing industries. Mr. Valentin is Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney and has secured several defense jury verdicts.Close