CLE: Ethics in Litigation
Thu, April 15, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CT
Presented by the BAMSL Trial Section
This CLE will cover a wide range of ethical developments important to civil litigation practice.
12:00 p.m. - 12:50 p.m. - CLE Program
Mike Downey, Downey Law Group LLC
Michael Downey is a legal ethics lawyer and founder of Downey Law Group LLC, a law firm devoted to legal ethics, law firm risk management, and the law of lawyering. Michael regularly represents lawyers, their clients, judges, and other professionals in high stakes and complex civil litigation and disciplinary proceedings. Michael also serves as outside general counsel to numerous law firms.
His past experience as a legal ethics and law firm risk management counsel includes:
-Preparing opinion letters on conflicts of interest, lawyer advertising and solicitations, law-related businesses, and law firm mergers
-Conducting law firm compliance audits and reviews on client intake, matter risk management, legal billing, and business development systems and practices
-Defending lawyers in disciplinary proceedings including responding to bar complaints, litigating cases before disciplinary hearing panels, and arguing cases for lawyer-respondents before the Missouri Supreme Court and Illinois ARDC Review Board
-Defending a sitting judge before the Missouri Commission on Retirement, Removal and Discipline of Judges
-Representing lawyers in sanctions and contempt proceedings
-Prosecuting disqualification motions against lawyers, prosecutors, and judges
-Counseling law firms and legal departments on privilege issues and assisting with privilege reviews
-Advising law firms and lawyers regarding legal and ethical issues that arise in client terminations and law firm departures and dissolutions
-Preparing and revising law firm partnership agreements to incorporate new governance, partner compensation and risk management provisions
-Providing expert testimony and legal counsel on legal ethics, legal malpractice, and legal fee and billing issues
-The litigation matters Michael handles often garner considerable media attention, particularly from the legal press. Michael has completed formal training in media relations, and often assists clients in preparing and implementing public relations strategies for high-visibility, high-stakes matters.
An experienced litigator, Michael has represented lawyers and other clients in state and federal trial and appellate courts. Prior to focusing his practice on professional ethics, he handled complex class action, employment, environmental, and product liability cases primarily for global consumer products, pharmaceutical and refining companies. Michael continues his involvement in such complex litigation matters, including serving as lead counsel, assisting in strategy preparation, and handling specific aspects of complex civil matters relating to legal ethics, sanctions, and privilege issues.
Michael has also served as an expert witness — testifying primarily on legal ethics, lawyer malpractice, and legal billing — in cases pending in Missouri, Kansas and the District of Columbia.
Missouri Bar, MCLE Department
Credit has been approved with the Missouri Bar, MCLE Department for 1.00 MO Professionalism, Substance Abuse and Mental Health, Legal or Judicial Ethics, Malpractice Prevent credit.
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Thu, April 15, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CT
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