Professional and Ethical Dilemmas in Litigation '13

Recorded March 28, 2013

About the Seminar:

  • This seminar will consist of four panels. They will consider a series of hypothetical situations that often arise in litigation. Each hypothetical will address at least one ethical, professional or legal dilemma 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? How much can you charge a client for work done by a contract lawyer? Can your fee agreement require that disputes be arbitrated? 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.

Presiding

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

SESSION I

  • Hon. Keith R. Blackwell, Justice, Supreme Court of Georgia, Atlanta

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

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

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

  • Christine A. Koehler, Koehler & Riddick, LLC, Lawrenceville

SESSION II

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

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

  • Hon. John R. Mather, Chief Judge, State Court of Fulton County, Atlanta

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

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

SESSION III

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

  • Hon. William “Billy” M. Ray, II, Judge, Georgia Court of Appeals, Atlanta

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

  • William J. Cobb, Assistant General Counsel, State Bar of Georgia, Atlanta

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

SESSION IV

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

  • Hon. Elizabeth L. Branch, Judge, Georgia Court of Appeals, Atlanta

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

  • Hon. David P. Darden, Judge, State Court of Cobb County, Marietta

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