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Lawyer Ethics in Real Estate Practice (Live Replay from April 5, 2022)

Description

The real estate industry is fiercely competitive as developers and contractors, investors and lenders, brokers and others – often with the aid of legal counsel – seek advantage. This can easily present real estate lawyers with ethical dilemmas.

Conflicts of interest are rife. There are issues of communicating and negotiating with unrepresented parties. There are also issues of taking an equity stake in a real estate venture in lieu of fees. Sometimes, too, there is the discovery that a client is engaged in wrongdoing.

These and many other ethical issues arise in real estate practice.

This program provides a real-world guide to common ethics issues in real estate practice.

  • Joint representations of a business entity and its owners in a real estate transaction
  • Representation of a client with adverse interests in unrelated transactions
  • Exchange of legal services for transaction equity
  • Communications with unrepresented parties – and with represented parties
  • Inadvertent disclosure of confidential Transaction terms
  • Special issues when client wrongdoing is discovered

Contributors

  • William Freivogel

    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 more than 25 years. He is chair of the Editorial Board of the ABA/BNA Lawyers' Manual on Professional Conduct. He maintains the website Freivogel on Conflicts. Mr. Freivogel is a graduate of the University of Illinois (Champaign), where he received his B.S. and LL.B.

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  • Thomas E. Spahn

    Thomas E. Spahn is a partner in the McLean, Virginia office of McGuireWoods, LLP, where he has a broad complex commercial, business and securities litigation practice. He also has a substantial practice advising businesses on properly creating and preserving the attorney-client privilege and work product protections. For more than 20 years he has lectured extensively on legal ethics and professionalism and has written "The Attorney-Client Privilege and the Work Product Doctrine: A Practitioner's Guide," a 750 page treatise published by the Virginia Law Foundation. Mr. Spahn has served as member of the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility and as a member of the Virginia State Bar's Legal Ethics Committee. He received his B.A., magna cum laude, from Yale University and his J.D. from Yale Law School

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October 10, 2022
Mon 1:00 PM EDT

Duration 1H 0M

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