Professional and Ethical Dilemmas in Litigation '12

Recorded March 28, 2012

About the Seminar:

  • This seminar will consist of four panels that will consider a series of hypothetical situations which often arise in litigation. Each hypothetical will address at least one ethical, professional or legal dilemma which a litigator may face while representing a client. (A few examples: How soon must you disclose to a client that you have made an error? Can you threaten a bar complaint to obtain leverage in a civil suit? Can your fee agreement limit the time within which a client may dispute an invoice? If you find an important internal memo drafted by your opposing counsel, can you read it and use it? Must you return it?)

    The panels will consist of appellate judges (Supreme Court and Court of Appeals), trial court judges, lawyers from the Office of the General Counsel of the State Bar of Georgia, and experienced litigation attorneys. Attendees will be encouraged to participate in the discussions. Georgia’s New Rules of Professional Conduct will be discussed and applied to the hypotheticals.

Co-Sponsor

  • David N. Lefkowitz, Program Chair and Moderator, The Lefkowitz Firm, LLC, Atlanta and Athens

SESSION I

  • Hon. David E. Nahmias, Justice, Supreme Court of Georgia, Atlanta

  • Hon. Herbert E. Phipps, Presiding Judge, Georgia Court of Appeals, Atlanta

  • Hon. T. Jackson Bedford, Jr., Judge, Superior Court of Fulton County, Atlanta

  • Jonathan Hewett, Senior Assistant General Counsel, State Bar of Georgia, Atlanta

  • Richard E. Harris, Jones, Jensen & Harris, Atlanta

SESSION II

  • Hon. P. Harris Hines, Justice, Supreme Court of Georgia, Atlanta

  • Hon. Sara L. Doyle, Judge, Georgia Court of Appeals, Atlanta

  • Hon. Christopher S. Brasher, Judge, Superior Court of Fulton County, Atlanta

  • Jenny Mittelman, Deputy General Counsel, State Bar of Georgia, Atlanta

  • M. Gino Brogdon, Pope, McGlamry, Kilpatrick, Morrison & Norwood, P.C., Atlanta

SESSION III

  • Hon. Harold D. Melton, Justice, Supreme Court of Georgia, Atlanta

  • Hon. Stephen Louis A. Dillard, Judge, Georgia Court of Appeals, Atlanta

  • Hon. Warren P. Davis, Judge, Superior Court of Gwinnett County, Lawrenceville

  • Paula J. Frederick, General Counsel, State Bar of Georgia, Atlanta

  • Warren R. Hinds, Warren R. Hinds, P.C., Roswell

SESSION IV

  • Hon. John J. Ellington, Chief Judge, Georgia Court of Appeals, Atlanta

  • Hon. Anne Elizabeth Barnes, Presiding Judge, Georgia Court of Appeals, Atlanta

  • Hon. Ben W. Studdard, Chief Judge, State Court of Henry County, McDonough

  • Roy M. Sobelson, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law, Georgia State University College of Law, Atlanta

  • Christine L. Mast, Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young LLP, Atlanta