• 13 minutes

How to Avoid Conflicts of Interest


Be wary of representing multiple clients in a single matter.

Florida Bar Rule 4-1.7 deals with the requirements for representation of multiple clients in a single matter. To be valid, waivers of conflict of interest must be after full disclosure and informed consent in writing. Rule 4-1.8 discusses avoiding business transactions with clients (including loans), or acquiring an interest adverse to the client as this is a conflict of interest and is prohibited unless strict requirements are met. This video reviews these rules regarding conflicts of interest.

Runtime: 13 minutes



Joseph A. Corsmeier, Esq.

Joseph A. Corsmeier, Esq.

The Law Office of Joseph A. Corsmeier, P.A.

  • Partner in the Law Office of Joseph A. Corsmeier, P.A.
  • Representation of lawyers in disciplinary matters before the Florida Bar; appeals, and oral argument before the Supreme Court of Florida; lawyer admission proceedings before the Florida Board of Bar Examiners; representation of professionals (physicians, nurses, real estate agents/brokers, CPAs, et al.) before all State of Florida Boards and Agencies in licensure admission and disciplinary matters, expert analysis and opinion on legal ethics, malpractice, and professionalism issues
  • Qualified and provided expert testimony in state and federal courts on multiple occasions on attorney ethics and malpractice issues in Circuit Court litigation matters; analysis and defense of Unlicensed Practice of Law (UPL) issues and representation in UPL matters before The Florida Bar; workers’ compensation and representation of law enforcement unions in labor, grievance, and other matters, including appeals of final agency actions.
  • Member of the American Bar Association, Professionalism Section; the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers; and the Clearwater and St. Petersburg Bar Associations
  • Frequent speaker and has written numerous publications on topics including ethics and professionalism, law office management, fees, trust accounting, social media, technology, conflicts of interest, and other topics
  • Admitted to practice in all Florida courts, the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and the Middle District of Florida
  • Adjunct professor of paralegal ethics at St. Petersburg College
  • J.D. degree, Mercer University, Walter F. George School of Law; B.A. degree, Florida State University
  • Can be contacted at 727-799-1688 or [email protected]

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