VIDEO: Ethics Traps for the Unwary

By: Craig S. Brodsky | 10.12.20 | Media

As the practice of law has become more complex, so has the practical application of the professional conduct rules. In this CLE program video, available for credit at, Craig Brodsky discusses the challenges confronting attorneys under investigation and the safety nets attorneys can deploy to avoid getting that letter from Bar Counsel.


Craig defends lawyers in disciplinary actions, and he has tried numerous cases against Bar Counsel. In this program, he provides an understanding of the prosecutorial tactics and challenges confronting attorneys when defending themselves. Craig explains why you need to keep the right insurance, the importance of teaching employees, using approved retainer agreements, handling client funds appropriately and how to properly respond to Bar Counsel in a disciplinary proceeding.

Ethical rules covered: Model Rule 5.3(a): Responsibilities Regarding Nonlawyers, Model Rule 1.5: Reasonable Fees, Model Rule 1.15: Safekeeping Client property, Model Rule 8.1: Disciplinary Proceedings and Rule 10: Types of Sanctions.

Craig also provides numerous solutions and suggestions on setting up safety nets at your firm to avoid ethical pitfalls.

Craig Brodsky 2020A partner with Goodell DeVries, Craig Brodsky has provided practical solutions for professionals and organizations in today's evolving business environment for 25 years. Craig vigorously defends professionals in malpractice matters, licensing proceedings, health care litigation, and products liability litigation.

If you have received a letter from Bar Counsel or a client has filed a complaint with the Attorney Grievance Commission, or you are currently defending a Petition for Disciplinary Charges, we can help. Contact the presenter, Craig Brodsky, who has extensive experience handing these cases and is available to address your concerns.