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ETHICS: CONCERNS FOR THE SOLO AND SMALL FIRM PRACTITIONER


--- 1.0 CLE Credit for AZ,CA,CT,FL,ID,NJ,NY,PA,WA
--- ethics
--- course production date: 2/4/2016
--- presented by GARY ROSS

GARY ROSS
Unlike attorneys in large law firms, corporations, or government, solo and small firm practitioners have to rely on themselves to observe and abide by the ethics rules. Questions such as whether an attorney can collect a referral fee and what relationship is required for another attorney to be “of counsel” to your firm can be difficult to answer and often the answer will vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.

Furthermore, solo and small firm practitioners normally serve as their own marketing, administration, billing, and collections departments, all of which raise ethical concerns that may not be applicable to other attorneys. It can be a challenge for solo and small firm practitioners to ensure their practices comply with all the rules of professional responsibility.

This presentation will teach you how to operate your practice in accordance with the ethics rules.

Key course points are:
• Learn why Solo and Small Firm Attorneys Have More Ethics Violations Than Other Attorneys.
• Review the Sources for Ethics Rules for Attorneys.
• Review Common Ethical Concerns for Solo and Small Firm Attorneys.
• Learn How to Operate Your Law Practice in Accordance with the Ethics Rules.


--- presented by GARY ROSS

Gary J. Ross has advised both small businesses and large Fortune 500 companies on a variety of transactional, disclosure, corporate governance and compliance matters.

Prior to founding Jackson Ross PLLC in 2013, Gary worked in the Corporate Transactions & Securities and Capital Markets practice groups at Sidley Austin LLP and Alston & Bird LLP, where he advised clients on matters ranging from capital markets transactions such as initial public offerings, investment grade debt issuances, and private placements, to mergers and asset purchases and various credit facilities.

From 2009 to 2012, Gary served in the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where he managed conflicts of interest issues pertaining to contractors and financial agents engaged by Treasury to provide asset management, advisory, and other services relating to the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). In that capacity, he developed and recommended compliance standards and regulation interpretation guidelines and designed the on-site testing carried out by the TARP audit department, during which he served as the subject matter specialist. He also helped draft the federal regulation for conflicts of interests as they pertained to TARP, and prepared the official conflicts of interest responses to Special Inspector General of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP) inquiries.

Gary is admitted to practice law in New York, the District of Columbia, and Georgia, and received his J.D. from Northwestern Law School in 2004 and earned a B.B.A. from the University of Miami in 1994. Prior to attending law school, Gary worked as a Case Manager for the Tennessee Department of Human Services.