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  • Description

    The practice of law requires not just a concrete understanding of the justice system, but the continuous evaluation of ethical obligations and requirements. Attorney/client privilege, confidentiality, conflict of interest resolution, client obligations, opposing attorney and witness obligations, application of ethical codes to attorney courtesy issues, billing and advertising, and fact-finding—all of these everyday concerns are ethically-based issues which require attorneys to consult the rules and guidelines which govern their behavior. This CLE course will pay careful attention to the most common ethical issues attorneys confront and will incorporate hypothetical scenarios posed by the audience in a live setting.

  • Instructor Bio

    Ryan Smith

    Mr. Smith is a seasoned litigator having acted as lead counsel on hundreds of cases in a relatively short period of time. Mr. Smith spent seven (7) years as a sole practitioner practicing in the areas of personal injury, criminal defense, civil rights, and professional malpractice. As a sole practitioner it was imperative that Mr. Smith be well versed in the area of drafting pleadings in both state and federal court. Mr. Smith is an AV-rated attorney.

    He is a member of the National Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Allegheny County Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Association for Justice and the American Association for Justice. Mr. Smith has acted as lead counsel on various types of cases, including civil rights matters, medical malpractice claims, automobile accidents, mass tort product liability cases, premises liability cases, nursing home negligence cases, and matters under the Federal Tort Claims Act. In 2010, Mr. Smith was the inaugural recipient of the Allegheny County Bar Association Federal Court Section's National Trial Advocacy College Scholarship. Mr. Smith has resolved many cases to substantial verdict and settlement.