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Basics of Legal Ethics for Lawyers and Non-Lawyers

John M. “Jack” Tanner with Fairfield and Woods, P.C.

Tuesday, December 14, 2021, 11:45am-1pm

CEMS has received one (1) ethics CLE credit for this presentation

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“Basics of Legal Ethics for Lawyers and Non-Lawyers” provides a basic summary of the legal ethical rules.  The presentation runs the gamut from scope of the rules, to important definitions, to substantive rules, to misconduct.  Most time is spent on scope of representation, fee issues, confidentiality, conflicts, candor to the court, fairness to the opposition and others, advertising, and general misconduct.  Using this approach, Mr. Tanner provides both a refresher to attorneys for the most commonly-encountered ethical rules and an introduction to non-lawyers (who often do not have any understanding of legal ethics).

Jack Tanner helps solve business disputes, employing traditional and atypical litigation tactics to obtain the best results for his clients.  He has represented clients in all aspects of complex commercial litigation and arbitration, including contracts, business torts, receiverships, intellectual property, and construction matters.  He clients have included Kinder Morgan, Noble Energy, Microsoft, and Time Warner Telecom.

Mr. Tanner has served on the Colorado Bar Association Ethics Committee since 1996, and was its chair 2020-2021.  He is a frequent lecturer on legal ethics, particularly ethics for in-house counsel.  He has authored several articles on legal ethics, including “The New Rules of Professional Conduct:  Significant Changes for In-House Counsel,” 36 Colo. Law No. 11, p. 71 (November, 2007) and “Top 10 Things In-House Counsel Need to Know about Ethics,” 45 Colo. Law No. 7, p. 59.

Mr. Tanner has practiced with the Denver, Colorado full-service business law firm of Fairfield and Woods since 1987.  After graduating from Duke Law School (with honors) in 1986 and prior to joining Fairfield and Woods, he served as law clerk to Justice (later Chief Justice) Luis Rovira of the Colorado Supreme Court.  Mr. Tanner graduated from Rice University in 1983.  He has been active in Rice University’s alumni activities in Colorado since his arrival here, and served a three-year term on the Board of the Association of Rice Alumni in Houston concluding in 2016.  He enjoys acting as his firm’s unofficial film critic.

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