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Ethics, Satisfied Clients and Successful Representations (Live Replay from December 22, 2020)

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Ethics rules are more than mere strictures attorneys must observe. They also provide principles for successful and positive relationship with clients. Even if the client's goal isn't fully satisfied – prevailing in litigation, closing a transaction, or something else – the relationship can still be positive.

What the rules require and what clients want are often the same: Open and regular communication the status of work; a clear setting of expectations about billing; honesty about the challenges of particular matter; and a clear division of decision-making authority. Counseling about matters they may not fully understand is essential to a successful relationship.

This program discusses how ethics rules provide principles and a foundation for successful and positive attorney-client relationships.

  • Defining the scope of an engagement and setting reasonable expectations
  • Counseling clients about an attorney's role and decision-making authority
  • Setting a standard for ongoing communication with clients
  • Candor about fees and expenses, and helping clients make good decisions
  • Dispute resolution when things go wrong

Monday, April 19, 2021
1:00–2:00 PM


  • Elizabeth Treubert Simon, McGuireWoods LLP, McLean, VA
  • Thomas E. Spahn, McGuireWoods LLP, McLean, VA

December 22, 2020

North Carolina: 1.00 MCLE Hour

1.00 Ethics/Professional Responsibility


See pricing below.