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Complicated Ethics Issues in Fee Arguments

Tuesday, April 2, 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Pacific via ZOOM

Join us for a re-airing of Complicated Ethics Issues in Fee Arguments. You’ll receive 100% participatory credit CLE for watching this program. 

Neville Johnson, Johnson & Johnson LLP, Ellen Pansky, Pansky Markle, and Marshall Cole, Nemecek & Cole

This panel of top attorneys in malpractice and ethics will discuss the complicated issues in fee agreements, including:

  • Contingent fees of 50% or more
  • Changing fee amounts mid-stream
  • Can a contingent fee ever be increased after the initial K is entered?
  • Taking a percentage of the client’s income in perpetuity (despite new counsel, new K having been negotiated, and other change of circumstances, can this be shoehorned into an unconscionability argument?)
  • Nuances of referral fees; best practices for handling fee disputes
  • Requirement of observing MFAA in B&P Code before compelling contractual arbitration
  • Arbitration agreements
  • When and what do you have to tell the client to seek independent counsel before agreeing (e.g., waiver of a jury trial is an essential right that needs to be carefully considered; that the loser in litigation may pay attorney’s fees)

This program qualifies for 1 hour of General participatory credit, including Legal Ethics in California.

CLE materials can be viewed here: Download Materials.


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