This presentation will inform you of the ethical risks of responding in certain ways to a negative online review. We will also discuss a proposed Virginia legal ethics opinion regarding the frequently-encountered ethics question regarding responding to an email via “reply all” if it includes other counsels’ clients. Lastly, the presentation will inform you how to withdraw from litigation in an ethical manner.
Seth M. GuggenheimVSB Senior Assistant Bar Counsel andAssistant Ethics Counsel (2000-2022)
Seth has practiced law in the public and private sectors for over 40 years. He has held leadership positions in the Alexandria Bar Association, and lectures frequently on legal ethics and professional regulation to bar associations and other groups. He is an adjunct professor at the Washington College of Law at American University, having taught a course for nine years entitled Ethics for Trial Lawyers. He has judged law students at mock trial competitions.
Seth was a prosecutor for the Virginia State Bar between February of 2000 and April of 2012. He thereafter served as assistant ethics counsel until January 1, 2022. Seth gave Ethics Hotline advice to lawyers, presented at seminars, and reviewed lawyers’ proposed advertising during his tenure in the Ethics Department. He also assisted the Bar’s Standing Committee on Legal Ethics in the generation of legal ethics opinions. Before employment by the Virginia State Bar, Seth was in private practice for 20 years, and also served in what is now the D.C. Office of the Attorney General, representing the District Columbia in civil matters as an assistant corporation counsel (now assistant attorney general).
Seth attended the George Washington University and Boston University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. He is a graduate of the Washington College of Law at American University, where he was awarded a Juris Doctor degree. He is a member of the Virginia State Bar and the District of Columbia bar. Seth will be returning to private practice to defend and advise lawyers in legal ethics matters.
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