--- ethics - fiscal responsibility
--- course production date: 4/14/2017
--- presented by JOHN MARTIN

This provides a general overview of the ethical issues associated with charging and collecting attorney professional fees. The course reviews the essential ethical rules governing fee arrangements, including the special concerns associated with contingent and fee-sharing agreements.

The course also examines strategies for ethically collecting from clients, including the proper use of retainers, attorney liens, and ethical considerations associated with filing fee collection suits.

Key course points are:
• A better understanding of the ethical limitations on fee arrangements.
• A recognition of the special issues associated with contingent and fee-sharing arrangements.
• Strategies for properly employing retainers to secure payments.
• Insights into how liens may be employed to head off disputes.
• An overview of concerns relating to fee collection actions.

--- presented by JOHN MARTIN

John Martin is a member of MartinSirott LLC, a firm he founded in 2009 after leaving his partnership in a large Chicago law firm. His practice is devoted to complex commercial disputes, with principal emphasis in fiduciary and financial litigation, and his clients range from Fortune 100 Companies to local businesses and high net worth individuals. He represents clients in both trial and appellate courts, and has obtained successful results in all stages of the litigation process from initial motion practice through appeal.

John is a frequent author and speaker on issues relating to professional ethics, including ethical issues associated with attorney marketing and fee arrangements. He is a prior chair of the American Bar Association Section of Litigation’s Ethics and Professionalism Committee, in which capacity he also served as a member of the working group on Alternative Litigation Financing established by the ABA Commission on Ethics 20/20, and is currently chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Professional Fees committee, in which capacity he arbitrates and mediates attorney fee disputes.

John is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, receiving his law degree with honors in 1994, and received his undergraduate degree from Yale University in 1991. Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Martin clerked for the Honorable Suzanne B. Conlon of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.