Fredric L. Shenkman, a partner with Cooper Levenson, will be a featured presenter at Legal Ethics: Top Mistakes that Lead to Malpractice, a half-day seminar held by the National Business Institute (NBI), continuing legal education for professionals. The program will be offered at the Holiday Inn Cherry Hill on Tues., Dec. 19, and at the Sheraton Atlantic City Convention Hotel on Wed., Dec. 20, from 8:45 a.m. to 12 noon.
“This engaging course goes beyond rules overview to talk about the worst-case scenario situations, when simple mistakes cost an attorney his/her license,” according to the NBI website.
Shenkman will present Other Ethics Dangers (10:30-11:15 am) on both Dec. 19 and 20. The session will cover: (1) Intentional Wrongs: Malicious Prosecution, Fraud, Libel or Slander, (2) How Satisfied Past Clients Can Inadvertently Ruin Your Life, (3) Is Going into Business with a Client Ever a Good Idea? How to Protect Yourself, (4) Switching Firms in a Hurry, (5) Key Email Mistakes, and (6) Commingling and Mismanagement of Client Funds.
He also will present What to Do if You Think You Might be in Trouble (11:15 a.m.-12 noon) on both Dec. 19 and 20. The session will cover: (1) Do You Face a Potential Legal Ethics Breach? Getting Clarification from the Rules and the Bar, (2) “Appearance of Impropriety” Standard, (3) Short-Term Mitigation Strategies, (4) Key Elements of Legal Malpractice Cause of Action, and (5) Ethical Investigations and Legal Malpractice Claims.
Shenkman has decades of experience in both transactional work and commercial litigation. He has litigated in both the state and federal courts in such areas as real estate, partnership dissolution, corporate dissolution, construction defects, oppressed shareholder/minority freeze-outs, condominium governance, corporate governance, public finance, state and federal taxation, FOIA, OPRA, title defense, environmental, ad valorem taxation, D&O and E&O defense, defense of legal malpractice, defense of lawyers in ethics proceedings and foreclosures. Shenkman has served as chairperson and as secretary of District 1 of the New Jersey District Ethics Committee. He is based in Cooper Levenson’s Atlantic City and Cherry Hill offices.
The seminar is designed for attorneys and legal support staff. Eligible attendees will receive 3.60 NJ CLE credits. Tuition is $239 for the first registrant and $229 for each additional registrant. For more information, or to register, visit www.nbi-sems.com