The Ethics of Settlement

Legal Area:        Ethics Malpractice Professional Liability
Total Credit Hours:        1.50
Ethics Credit Included:        1.50
Registration Fee:        $35.00
Course Materials:        textaudiovideo
Session END DATE:        10/31/2019
Information:        NOW AVAILABLE

** available any time of day and in time increments convenient to you through end date above **

Are you complying with your ethical obligations when negotiating or effectuating a settlement? What do you need to tell the client? What do you need to cover in your settlement and engagement agreements? Is there such a thing as an adequate or excessive settlement? This presentation will address how to protect yourself and simultaneously advance the interests of your clients, by understanding and applying the ethical requirements governing settlement. Texas Rules of Discipline 1.01, 1.03, 4.01, and 8.04 will be discussed. This course features streaming video and audio (as well as downloadable MP3 audio) presentations from a live CLE seminar originally conducted by the Houston Bar Association on September 7, 2018. You can access this presentation on demand at any time during the course of the seminar session.

Some of the subjects for this course include:

  • Key Issues in Settlement Negotiations

  • Fully Informing the Client

  • Misrepresentation, Omission and Puffery in Negotiations

  • Misrepresentation to Third Parties: Ethical Violations?

  • Documentation of Representation and Settlement Terms

  • Inadequate or Excessive Settlements

  • Speakers for this course include:

    Jacklyn J. Ford, who is a Partner with the firm of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease, LLP.  More information may be found on her firm's website.

    Richard A. Schwartz, who is a Partner with the firm of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease, LLP.  More information may be found on his firm's website.


    This course is approved for credit by the STATE BAR OF TEXAS (MCLE Provider #8238) and the STATE BAR OF CALIFORNIA (MCLE Provider #8648). These are not self-study credits, but rather 'participatory' credits as you would receive for attending a traditional, live CLE seminar. In addition, regular CLE credits for this course may also be available in a number of other states through CLE Reciprocity, such as FLORIDA. Please check with your State Bar regarding accreditation information.

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