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Webinar: Feeling Conflicted? Understand and Avoiding Ethical Pitfalls Posed by Conflicts of Interest

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May 29 @ 12:00 pm 1:00 pm

1 Hour MCLE; 1 Legal Ethics

The speakers will cover the basics of understanding and analyzing potential conflicts of interest, including in the contexts of current and former clients, joint representations, subpoenas, and business dealings with clients, among others.   They also will address vicarious disqualification and ethical screens.

Non-Member Price $75.00
Member Price $55.00

Scott Brian Garner

Scott Garner is a partner at Umberg Zipser LLP in Irvine, California. He practices in the area of complex business litigation, with a focus on lawyer liability matters and legal ethics counseling, including in the area of estate planning. He currently is the co-chair of the Orange County Bar Association Professionalism and Ethics Committee, a current and inaugural member of the California Lawyers Association Ethics Committee, and is a former chair of the California State Bar Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct. Scott was the President of the Orange County Bar Association in 2020 and is a former President of the Orange County Chapter of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers. He has testified as an expert on ethics and standard of care. He speaks and writes frequently on legal ethics issues.

Todd Smith, Partner

  • Partner at Umberg Zipser LLP in Irvine, CA
  • Practices complex business litigation in state and federal courts, with a focus on defending lawyers in legal malpractice claims
  • Member of the OCBA’s Committee on Professionalism and Ethics
  • Board Member for CASA-OC, a non-profit organization that advocates for foster youth in Orange County
  • Frequently writes and speaks on legal ethics issues

We are committed to accessibility! Virtual events are equipped with closed captioning. To request an in-person accommodation, send us a note at or contact us at 916-516-1760 for assistance.


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