On Monday, September 19, we will watch a video replay of a program presented by the Intellectual Property Section of the California Lawyers Association at the Section’s Annual IP Institute in 2021. The program has been approved for one hour of self-study Legal Ethics credit.

Drawing from their extensive experience and expertise in advising law firms and lawyers on ethics, professional liability, and risk management, Devika Kewalramani and John Steele discuss common ethical issues confronting attorneys in their intellectual property practices. The speakers share insights about:  1) ethical dilemmas facing outside counsel and in-house lawyers, and 2) tips on avoiding missteps that often land practitioners in hot water with their clients and the bar. Among other topics, the speakers cover best practices for retainer/engagement and termination letters, disqualification of counsel, conflicts of interest and advance waivers, investing in a client’s business, handling multiple client representation and joint defense/common interest agreements, as well as alternative legal financing and third-party litigation finance.

Chris Kopitzke of SoCal IP will introduce the program.