Francesca Giannoni-Crystal will be speaking at the ABA 2015 Spring Meeting, which will be held on April 28-May 2, 2015 at Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill. The conference will develop the following theme “The Times They Are A-Changin': The New Lyrics of International Law and Practice”.
Francesca will speak on the panel Martial Arts Ethics: Offensive and Defensive Techniques, Wednesday, April 29, 2015 (11:00 AM – 12:30 AM)
Lawyers often seek to gain an advantage in a case by seeking to disqualify opposing counsel based on conflicts of interest, or possibly disrupt transactions by objecting to certain counsel for the same reason. Sometimes, lawyers will call a variety of expert witnesses for a brief conversation, or even retain them but not use them, for the sole purpose of blocking them out. There are cases now that reject disqualification and even sanction the moving attorney. Do we go too far in resorting to alleged ethical violations? How far can attorneys ethically “lie?” How does the approach vary internationally? An aspect of this is the use of ‘fly in, fly out,’ where clients want a particular lawyer and the adverse party seeks to use rules relating to unauthorized practice of law to preclude representation. The panel will explore the ramifications of lawyers that look for and attempt to use the professional rules of conduct to achieve an advantage in the litigation or transaction.