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About the Teleseminar

Attorneys advising businesses on transactions or negotiating on their behalf often confront a range of important ethical questions. How do you identify and clear conflicts among clients when they are negotiating deals with each other – or one client sues another? When negotiating on behalf of a client, what are the real limits that an attorney is subject to that clients negotiating on their own behalf are not? How do you communicate with represented parties on the other side of a transaction? What obligations, if any, do you have to report actual or suspected wrongdoing “up” to the board or “out” to regulatory authorities? These and other ethical questions will be discussed in this guide to ethical issues for business attorneys.

• Practical ethics concerns for attorneys representing businesses

• Conflicts of interest in business transactions – identifying and clearing conflicts

• Negotiation ethics – real world limits on what attorneys can’t do that their clients can in     
   negotiations

• Reporting corporate wrongdoing “up” to the board or “out” to governmental authorities

• Communications with represented parties

About the Speakers

Sue C. Friedberg is a partner in the Pittsburg office of Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney, and PC. She is associate general counsel of the firm and responsible for guiding its attorneys in meeting the standards of ethical law practice. She supervises the firm's conflicts of interest review process and new business intake functions, and provides counsel for the firm as a business entity. Earlier in her career, she focused on corporate finance, securities law, and general business transactions. Ms. Friedberg earned her B.S., magna cum laude, from Georgetown University and her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Pittsburg School of law.

William Freivogel is the principal of Freivogel Ethics Consulting and is an independent consultant to law firms on ethics and risk management. He was a trial lawyer for 22 years and has practiced in the areas of legal ethics and lawyer malpractice for 20 years. He is chair of the Editorial Board of the ABA/BNA Lawyers’ Manual on Professional Conduct and recent past chair of the ABA Business Law Section Committee on Professional Responsibility. He maintains the Web site “Freivogel on Conflicts” at www.freivogelonconflicts.com. Mr. Freivogel is a graduate of the University of Illinois (Champaign), where he received his B.S. and LL.B.

 

Mandatory MCLE Credit Hours

This seminar qualifies for 1.0 MCLE credit hour, including up to 1.0 LEPR credit hour.(Tentative)