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Ethical Traps of a Lying Client

 

Save your reputation - understand how to deal with and remove yourself from a dishonest client.

Attorneys have or will be confronted with a situation where the client or client representative or even a third party aligned with the client, is or appears to be misrepresenting facts, i.e. lying. This occurs in all practice areas, not just divorce, transactional and litigation settings. The detection of a dishonest client and immediate resolution of the issue created by the dishonesty, will not only save an attorney's reputation, but may also result in the avoidance of bar complaints, litigation against the attorney and uncompensated involvement in regulatory oversight. Although attorneys may like to think they will never have to address this situation, the fact is some clients will act in a dishonest manner under the right circumstances. This topic is designed to explain the duties of the attorney who has a dishonest client. Those duties run not only to the client, but to third parties and tribunals, and will vary depending on the circumstances and setting. This topic will also provide guidance on withdrawal by the attorney from the matter in an ethical manner.

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John A. Snow

John A. Snow

Parsons Behle & Latimer

  • Attorney with Parsons Behle & Latimer, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice consists of general civil litigation; including commercial, professional malpractice, construction, and insurance coverage and defense
  • Designated in The Best Lawyers in America as Lawyer of the Year in litigation, real estate and construction law; and designated in the areas of practice of legal malpractice defense, commercial litigation and construction
  • Designated in Utah Business magazine‚Äôs Utah Legal Elite in the areas of business and civil litigation and construction law, and as a Super Lawyer in the Mountain States in Super Lawyer magazine
  • Ranked in Chambers USA for Utah in general commercial litigation
  • Chair of the Ethics Advisory Opinion Committee of the Utah State Bar
  • Can be contacted at 801-536-6772 or [email protected]
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