Celesq® Attorneys Ed Center

Relationships and Conflicts—How Friendly Is Too Friendly?

Program Number: 30281

Program Date: 12/23/2020


The American Bar Association Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility recently issued Formal Opinion 494, “Conflicts Arising Out of a Lawyer’s Personal Relationship with Opposing Counsel,” which is intended to address which relationships between counsel require client disclosure and which do not reach that level. While Model Rule of Professional Conduct 1.7 provides general guidance, the reality is far more challenging. This program will discuss the ethical and practical considerations lawyers confront, with colleagues who are friends, close friends, acquaintances, and those with whom the relationship is far more intimate.

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Available in states

California, Colorado Eligible, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey Eligible, New York, Texas Self Study

Credit Information

50 minute credit hour - 1.0 General CLE credit, based on a 50-minute credit hour, including 1.0 credit Ethics
60 minute credit hour - 1.0 General CLE credit, based on a 60-minute credit hour, including 1.0 credit Ethics

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Daniel J. Siegel, Esq.

Law Offices of Daniel J. Siegel, LLC


Mr. Siegel has devoted his career to representing and providing professional guidance to attorneys about ethical matters, culminating in his 2020 appointment as Chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Committee on Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility. In addition, Mr. Siegel’s practice also focuses on trial and appellate court writing, and workers compensation matters. He serves in numerous other bar association positions, including serving as Chair of the American Bar Association Law Practice Division Professional Development Board, and the author of ethics, technology and other columns for the American Bar Association, the Philadelphia Bar Association, and Pennsylvania Law Weekly.

Mr. Siegel, principal of the Law Offices of Daniel J. Siegel, LLC, handles matters that keep other attorneys awake at night. He regularly represents attorneys with and provides (1) ethical and technoethical guidance on a wide range of areas, and (2) serves as trial and appellate counsel, handling the drafting of pleadings and briefs, as well as oral argument and related services. He also handles workers’ compensation, personal injury and general litigation matter.


Mr. Siegel is the author of thirteen books, including and Changing Law Firms: Ethical Guidance for Pennsylvania Law Firms & Attorneys; he is the editor of Pennsylvania Fee Agreements. He also served as lead author of numerous ethical guidance opinions issued by the Pennsylvania Bar Association Ethics Committee.

Mr. Siegel can be reached at dan@danieljsiegel.com or by phone at (610) 446-3457.