Lay Off the Caffeine if You Want to Succeed?

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Don’t read this article as you are reaching for your fifth cup of coffee. A recent article from Entrepreneur.com points out how coffee has some serious side effects that can hinder your work performance.

While putting in long hours at work causes many entrepreneurs to nurse the coffee pot, studies show caffeine has some serious side effects that can hinder your performance at work.[1]

Interrupted sleep, withdrawal symptoms, irritability, stress… no, this is not drug withdrawal – these are the affects of coffee. Unfortunately, probably like many attorneys and legal professionals that will not stop my from drinking my 3-4 cups of java a day!

Like coffee, another necessity for many attorneys is CLE. Attorney Credits offers practical and informative CLE programming for attorneys in just about every state.

[1] How Caffeine Can Hurt Your Potential for Success

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New CLE Course on Assessing Liability, Damages and Collectibility in a Personal Injury Case

imgresThree key areas can make or break your personal injury case – liability, damages & collectability. Understanding how to assess these three key areas of your case can have a significant affect on the results that you obtain for your clients and can save you a lot of time, effort and resources.

In this course, San Diego trial attorney Dan Gilleon analyzes the big three factors of personal injury – liability, damages & collectability. Dan also covers a myriad of other considerations when handling a personal injury case.

In this follow up course to Personal Injury: Liability, Damages and Collectibility, trial attorney Dan Gilleon thoroughly analyzes these three key areas when handling a personal injury case. The main topics discussed include the importance of jury instructions, using experts to establish liability & damages and how to leverage liability & damages to maximize recovery for your client. To access the course please click here: Personal Injury: A Detailed Examination of Liability, Damages and Collectibility.

Further subjects covered in the CLE course include:

  • Learning to rely & build your case on jury instructions
  • The basic duty of care
  • Presumption of negligence per se
  • Causation/substantial factor
  • Reliance on the good conduct of others
  • Failing to properly prepare your experts
  • Accident reconstructionists
  • Safety experts
  • Biomechanic experts
  • Human factors experts
  • Lighting experts
  • Helmet experts
  • Expert issues with written discovery & depositions
  • Insurance issues
  • Past medical expenses
  • General damages
  • Pre-existing conditions
  • The eggshell plaintiff
  • Damages experts
  • Settlement offers
  • Underinsured motorist coverage
  • Bifurcation
  • Maintaining your professionalism

Daniel M. Gilleon has spent more than a decade at the forefront of San Diego personal injury and civil rights litigation. Known as a tenacious litigator, his outstanding track record makes him a distinguished legal voice in the local and national media. Mr. Gilleon practices in the areas of personal injury, employment law and civil rights.

This course on Personal Injury is offered in these states:

  • Alaska (AK)
  • Arizona (AZ)
  • California (CA)
  • Connecticut (CT)
  • District of Columbia (DC)
  • Illinois (IL)
  • Maryland (MD)
  • Massachusetts (MA)
  • Michigan (MI)
  • New Jersey (NJ)
  • New York (NY)
  • North Dakota (ND)
  • Pennsylvania (PA)
  • South Dakota (SD)

Attorney Credits offers continuing legal education (CLE) for attorneys in Illinois and around the country. For more information about CLE in Illinois please click the following link: IL CLE.

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CLE Course on What Business Practitioners Need to Know About Workers’ Compensation Insurance

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Workers’ compensation insurance is a no-fault insurance coverage. It protects both the injured employee and the employer in case of a work-related injury or illness. And while workers’ compensation may sound like a great idea in theory, many employers around the country are ready to scrap the whole system.

A number of factors go into determining the annual premium for a workers’ compensation policy. These include industry classification, the company’s past history of work-related injuries, payroll and special group or dividend programs just to name a few.

To learn about the basics of the worker’s compensation system and why employers are frustrated with it join Mike Murrah as he provides an update on the state of the workers’ compensation system and reviews what business practitioners need to know about workers’ compensation insurance and the claims process. The main topics addressed by Mr. Murrah include an fundamentals of the workers’ compensation system & claims process, how California compares to rest of U.S., why & where fraud exists in the system, why employers are upset with the workers’ compensation system and tips for employers on managing workers’ compensation claims. To access the course please click here: Workers’ Compensation Insurance and Claims Process: What Business Practitioners Need to Know.

Attorneys that take this course will:

  • Learn the basics of workers’ compensation insurance & the claims process
  • Get a “State of the System” report
  • Find out about fraud in the system
  • Discover why employers are frustrated with workers’ compensation insurance
  • Review an actual workers’ compensation claim that involves all the elements
  • Learn best practices for handling workers’ compensation claims

Mike Murrah has over thirty-five years of experience in the insurance industry. He is a Managing Consultant with Aspen Risk Management Group (Aspen RMG) and also President of BCG Insurance Services. Aspen RMG is an employee-owned consulting company providing business improvement strategies to commercial, government, and non-profit organizations. In 1983, Mike started his own consulting and brokerage business, concentrating on workers’ compensation and group health plans. As a consultant, he has worked with employers in many industries to develop Injury & Illness Prevention Programs, conduct physical inspections and make recommendations to improve physical plant safety, and train managers on safety and conduct safety meetings for employees. Mike’s extensive knowledge of claims and their causes has allowed him the insight to be an effective and efficient consultant to employers.

This CLE course on workers’ compensation is currently offered in the following states:

  • Alaska (AK)
  • Arizona (AZ)
  • California (CA)
  • Connecticut (CT)
  • District of Columbia (DC)
  • Illinois (IL)
  • Maryland (MD)
  • Massachusetts (MA)
  • Michigan (MI)
  • New Jersey (NJ)
  • North Dakota (ND)
  • Pennsylvania (PA)
  • South Dakota (SD)

Attorney Credits offers continuing legal education (CLE) for attorneys in California and around the country. For more information about CLE in California please click the following link: CA CLE.

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New CLE Course: Hot Topics in Employment Law

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From pregnancy discrimination to wage & hour claims, employment related lawsuits have been steadily increasing over the last two decades. Regardless of size, all businesses are at risk… now more than ever. Fortunately, employers and businesses can minimize their exposure, limit legal liability and prevent employment related claims by being aware of the possible avenues of liability and taking the necessary preventative measures before lawsuits occur.

Employment law is one of the fastest growing and evolving practices areas as employment related lawsuits have been steadily increasing over the last two decades.

In this highly current and informative CLE course, employment law attorney Stacy Fode of Brown Law Group introduces you to key employment law concepts and highlights emerging areas of liability for businesses. The main topics presented and discussed include Title 7 cases, the increased role of the NLRB (National Labor Relations Board), wage & hour laws, arbitration agreements and five takeaways to prevent employment related lawsuits. To access the course please click here: Hot Topics in Employment Law.

Further topics covered in this CLE course include:

  • EEOC trends
  • Protected classes under Title 7
  • The ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act)
  • Reasonable accommodations
  • The PDA (Pregnancy Discrimination Act)
  • Best practices under the ADA & PDA
  • Anti-bullying management training
  • Rights of employees under Section 7 of the NLRA
  • Recent trends at the NLRB
  • Social media policies
  • Employee email use for union purposes
  • The quickie election rule
  • The FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act)
  • Recent FLSA case & claims
  • Reimbursing employees for personal cell phones
  • Arbitration agreements
  • Utilizing a written handbook
  • Classifying workers properly & exemptions
  • Updating personnel files
  • Not hiring or firing to quickly or too slowly
  • Severance agreements

Stacy Fode focuses her practice on employment litigation and advisement. She specializes in the representation of business clients in all aspects of employment law including wrongful termination, whistle blower, discrimination, sexual harassment, employment agreement disputes, and wage and hour matters, including class actions. Ms. Fode’s clients include employers in the energy, financial, technology, insurance, retail, and telecommunications industries. She has been a speaker on employment and diversity related topics and has published articles on these subjects and she has appeared on television segments relating to Sexual Harassment, Wrongful Termination and Recent Developments in Employment/Labor Laws.

This CLE course on hot topics in employment law is currently offered in the following states:

  • Alaska (AK)
  • Arizona (AZ)
  • California (CA)
  • Connecticut (CT)
  • District of Columbia (DC)
  • Illinois (IL)
  • Maryland (MD)
  • Massachusetts (MA)
  • Michigan (MI)
  • New Jersey (NJ)
  • New York (NY)
  • North Dakota (ND)
  • Pennsylvania (PA)
  • South Dakota (SD)

Attorney Credits offers continuing legal education (CLE) for attorneys in Illinois and around the country. For more information about CLE in Illinois please click the following link: IL CLE.

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Personal Injury CLE

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Three key areas can make or break your personal injury case – liability, damages & collectibility. Understanding how to assess these three key areas of your case can have a significant affect on the results that you obtain for your clients and can save you a lot of time, effort and resources.

In this follow up course to Personal Injury: Liability, Damages and Collectibility, trial attorney Dan Gilleon thoroughly analyzes three key areas of a personal injury case.

The main topics discussed by Mr. Gilleon in this extremely practical course include the importance of jury instructions, using experts to establish liability & damages and how to leverage liability & damages to maximize recovery for your client. To access the course please click here: Personal Injury: A Detailed Examination of Liability, Damages and Collectibility.

Further subjects covered in this CLE course:

  • Learning to rely & build your case on jury instructions
  • The basic duty of care
  • Presumption of negligence per se
  • Causation/substantial factor
  • Reliance on the good conduct of others
  • Failing to properly prepare your experts
  • Accident reconstructionists
  • Safety experts
  • Biomechanic experts
  • Human factors experts
  • Lighting experts
  • Helmet experts
  • Expert issues with written discovery & depositions
  • Insurance issues
  • Past medical expenses
  • General damages
  • Pre-existing conditions
  • The eggshell plaintiff
  • Damages experts
  • Settlement offers
  • Underinsured motorist coverage
  • Bifurcation
  • Maintaining your professionalism

Daniel M. Gilleon has spent more than a decade at the forefront of San Diego personal injury and civil rights litigation. Known as a tenacious litigator, his outstanding track record makes him a distinguished legal voice in the local and national media. Mr. Gilleon practices in the areas of personal injury, employment law and civil rights.

This CLE course on damages, liability and collectability in a personal injury case is currently offered in the following states:

  • Alaska (AK)
  • Arizona (AZ)
  • California (CA)
  • Connecticut (CT)
  • District of Columbia (DC)
  • Illinois (IL)
  • Maryland (MD)
  • Massachusetts (MA)
  • Michigan (MI)
  • New Jersey (NJ)
  • New York (NY)
  • North Dakota (ND)
  • Pennsylvania (PA)
  • South Dakota (SD)

Attorney Credits offers continuing legal education (CLE) for attorneys in New York and around the country. For more information about CLE in New York please click the following link: NY CLE.

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CLE Course on Compromised Competence: Addiction in the Legal Profession

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Numerous studies conducted by the American Bar Association (ABA) and state bar associations show that there is a definite correlation between substance abuse and discipline in the legal profession. The bottom line: attorneys with substance abuse issues are much more likely to face discipline and disbarment. This is the reason that some states such as California require a mandatory course on Competence Issues that focuses on substance abuse in the legal profession, and many other states allow substance abuse courses to qualify for legal ethics credit.

One recent study found that in nearly 85% of all trust fund violation cases the attorney has an underlying substance abuse problem.

To learn more about how substance abuse and addiction affects an attorney’s competence to practice law join Susan Brown as she provides her expertise into addiction and what can be done about the problem. The main issues covered include lawyer stressors that contribute to substance use & addiction, the signs of addiction and where attorneys can go to get help for themselves and fellow attorneys. To access the course please click here: Compromised Competence: Addiction in the Legal Profession.

Further issues addressed in this CLE course include:

  • The “culture” of the legal profession
  • The result of stressors
  • Perfectionism
  • DSM-V symptoms of depression
  • Symptoms of secondary traumatic stress
  • “The solution”
  • Alcohol & other substances
  • CAGE screening
  • Addictive thinking
  • Consequences of addiction in the legal profession
  • “Real lawyers don’t ask for help”
  • Suggested solutions
  • The Lawyer Assistance Program (LAP)
  • The “Other Bar”
  • Lawyers Helping Lawyers
  • Trauma
  • EMDR therapy for trauma & addiction

Susan Brown is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Board Certified Diplomate (BCD). Since 1987 she has been in private practice in San Diego, California, and her areas of expertise include mood disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), substance & behavioral addictions, and marriage counseling. Mrs. Brown specializes in a treatment approach called EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) developed by psychologist Francine Shapiro, Ph.D., in 1989. She is a Certified Approved Consultant through the EMDR International Association. EMDR is an efficient, effective, and extensively researched therapy for clearing out and resolving negative traumas. Susan is often called in by attorneys to work with clients that have suffered severe trauma.

This CLE course on competence & substance abuse qualifies for Competence Issues credit in California and legal ethics credit in many  other states and is currently offered in the following states:

  • Alaska (AK)
  • Arizona (AZ)
  • California (CA)
  • Connecticut (CT)
  • District of Columbia (DC)
  • Illinois (IL)
  • Maryland (MD)
  • Massachusetts (MA)
  • Michigan (MI)
  • New Jersey (NJ)
  • Pennsylvania (PA)
  • South Dakota (SD)

Attorney Credits offers continuing legal education (CLE) for attorneys in California and around the country. For more information about CLE in California please click the following link: CA CLE.

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CLE Course on Civility, Professionalism and Ethics

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We all know that we are under a duty to zealously defend our client’s legal rights. But what are the limits of zealous defense? How does your duty to zealously defend your clients square with notions of civility and professionalism? Do you have a duty to be civil?

“A lawyer’s responsibilities as a representative of clients, an officer of the legal system and a public citizen are usually harmonious. Thus, when an opposing party is well represented, a lawyer can be a zealous advocate on behalf of a client and at the same time assume that justice is being done.” – Model Rules of Professional Conduct: Preamble & Scope

In this legal ethics course, attorney Joel Selik explores the place of civility codes and professionalism in the legal system to provide a candid and frank discussion on the interplay and limits of your duty to zealously defend your clients. The main topics presented in the course include the origin of ‘zealous defense,’ civility in the legal profession, the realities of the adversarial system, codes of civility and how to handle uncivil attorneys. To access the course please click here: Civility, Professionalism and Ethics.

Further topics that covered in this CLE course include:

  • The ABA Model Code
  • The Duty of Loyalty
  • Rules of professional conduct
  • Civility & the client’s interest
  • The business & professions code
  • The reality of litigation
  • Asking for & granting extensions
  • The civility toolbox
  • Misleading the court
  • Dealing with an uncivil judge
  • Ethically using other professionals
  • The application of civility codes in the courtroom

Joel G. Selik is a member of both the California and Nevada State Bars. His practice primarily focuses on Litigation and Tax. In Tax, Mr. Selik is proud to assist taxpayers, businesses and individuals with solutions to problems with the IRS. In his litigation practice Mr. Selik is well known for his Medical Malpractice and Nursing Home cases. Mr. Selik is a Member of the California and Nevada Bar, the San Diego County and North County Bar Association as well as the Nevada Trial Lawyers Association and Consumer Attorneys of San Diego. Mr. Selik has given many seminars on Estate Planning, Nursing Home Litigation and other legal topics and was an Adjunct Professor of Law at a local law school.

This CLE course on civility, professionalism and ethics qualifies for legal ethics credit in many states and is currently offered in the following states:

  • Alaska (AK)
  • Arizona (AZ)
  • California (CA)
  • Connecticut (CT)
  • District of Columbia (DC)
  • Illinois (IL)
  • Maryland (MD)
  • Massachusetts (MA)
  • Michigan (MI)
  • New Jersey (NJ)
  • New York (NY)
  • Pennsylvania (PA)
  • South Dakota (SD)

Attorney Credits offers continuing legal education (CLE) for attorneys in New York and around the country. For more information about CLE in New York please click the following link: NY CLE.

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CLE Course on How To Be a Culturally Sensitive Professional

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Elimination of bias in the legal profession – what does it mean to you? Is it a just another required CLE course you must take to complete your MCLE requirement? Should the ABA and state bars be involved in trying to eliminate bias and discrimination in the practice of law? Are there social and economic advantages to creating a diverse legal workplace? What is culturally responsive lawyering? What are the four main steps you can take to eliminate bias in the legal profession?

What is Culture?

All those things that people have learned to do, believe, value, and enjoy in their history. It is the totality of ideals, beliefs, skills, tools, customs, and the institutions into which each member.

If you would like answers to these and more questions please join Donna Scott for a thoughtful examination of the bias and discrimination that exists in the legal world and what can be done to encourage diversity. The main topics addressed include culture & diversity, bias, discrimination & diversity in the legal profession and action steps you can take to eliminate bias in the legal profession. To access the course please click here: How To Be a Culturally Sensitive Professional: Eliminating Bias in the Legal World.

Further subjects covered in this CLE course include:

  • Culture
  • Diversity
  • The spectrum of diversity
  • Hand up-standup
  • Prohibited discriminatory conduct in a law practice
  • The definition of bias
  • Knowing that you have bias
  • White privilege
  • Education
  • Observation
  • Familiarity
  • Intervention
  • 10 steps to take to encourage diversity in the legal workplace

Donna S. Scott, LMFT, has over twenty years of experience providing individual, couples, family and play therapy in a variety of settings. The focus of Donna’s work is to help people heal their marriages and families by empowering, educating, enlightening and equipping them. Donna is also an Adjunct Professor at Southern California Seminary in the Master’s of Arts Counseling Psychology program and at Bethel Seminary in the Marriage and Family program. In addition, she is a popular and inspirational speaker at seminars, workshops and retreats on the subject of strengthening one’s relationships. Donna has been married for over twenty-five year and has been blessed with four children.

This CLE course on becoming a more culturally sensitive professional qualifies for legal ethics credit in many states and elimination of bias credit in California, and is currently accredited in the following states:

  • Alaska (AK)
  • Arizona (AZ)
  • California (CA)
  • Connecticut (CT)
  • District of Columbia (DC)
  • Illinois (IL)
  • Maryland (MD)
  • Massachusetts (MA)
  • Michigan (MI)
  • New Jersey (NJ)
  • Pennsylvania (PA)
  • South Dakota (SD)

Attorney Credits offers continuing legal education (CLE) for attorneys in Illinois and around the country. For more information about CLE in Illinois please click the following link: IL CLE.

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CLE Course: Understanding the Impact of Culture and Gender to Help Eliminate Bias

While each person is considered equal under the laws in our country, everyone in this world is different. Each person comes from their own unique background and has had different life experiences, and this makes them the individual that they are. As an attorney, its important to realize that certain factors help to determine how people interact with others and approach the world and the legal system.

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In this excellent and informative CLE course, attorney and mediator Monty McIntyre examines how culture and gender affect the way that people process & understand information, communicate & negotiate with each other, evaluate risk, relate to power and formulate decision & agreements. Often times, miscommunication frequently occurs from how we communicate rather than what we communicate.   To access the course please click here: Understanding the Impact of Culture and Gender to Help Eliminate Bias.

Further topics covered by Mr. McIntyre in this CLE course:

  • Types of biases
  • Theories of fairness
  • Monochromic & polychromic processing styles
  • Individualistic vs. collective thinking
  • High vs. low context people
  • High & low uncertainty avoidance
  • High & low power distance cultures
  • Rapport talk vs. report talk
  • Validation
  • Ritual opposition
  • Cross-talking & overlapping speech

Monty A. McIntyre is a mediator, arbitrator & discovery referee. Mr. McIntyre also has extensive trial experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants. He has tried more than 100 cases to conclusion, including 33 civil jury trials. Mr. McIntyre has obtained more than $50 million in settlements and verdicts for plaintiff clients and numerous defense verdicts for defense clients.

“We are all like all others, we are all like some others, and we are all like no other.” – Thomas Kluckhorn

Mr. McIntyre is listed with The Best Lawyers in America, has been a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) since 1995, has been honored as a Super Lawyer since 2007, was named a Top Attorney by the San Diego Daily Transcript, is a Master in the Enright American Inn of Court, and has received two Outstanding Trial Lawyer Awards. Mr. McIntyre is the 2014 President of the San Diego Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and served as the President of the San Diego County Bar Association in 2002.

This CLE course on understanding the impact of culture and gender qualifies for legal ethics credit in many states and elimination of bias credit in California and is currently accredited in the following states:

  • Alaska (AK)
  • Arizona (AZ)
  • California (CA)
  • Connecticut (CT)
  • District of Columbia (DC)
  • Illinois (IL)
  • Maryland (MD)
  • Massachusetts (MA)
  • Michigan (MI)
  • New Jersey (NJ)
  • New York (NY)
  • Pennsylvania (PA)
  • South Dakota (SD)

Attorney Credits offers continuing legal education (CLE) for attorneys in California and around the country. For more information about CLE in California please click the following link: CA MCLE.

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New CLE Course on Ethics & ESI

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Whether you’re in private, government, or corporate practice, you’re likely to deal with ESI (Electronically Stored Information) for a variety of transactional, litigation and business purposes. And as new technologies are developed and then become integrated into society and the practice of law, an attorney’s obligations under the ethical duty of competence continues to evolve. At a very minimum, attorney competence generally requires a basic understanding of, and facility with, issues relating to eDiscovery and the proper discovery of electronically stored information (ESI). The duty of competence may require a higher level of technical knowledge and ability depending on the e-discovery issues involved in a given matter and the nature of the ESI involved.

Failing to adhere to ethical standards in eDiscovery can lead to fines, reduced verdicts and even suspension from the practice of law.

In our brave new electronic world, digital pitfalls are truly lurking everywhere and this program will assist you in understanding the do’s and don’ts of eDiscovery by covering a number of pertinent ethical rules and recent case law in the area. This CLE program will mainly explore your ethical obligations in these areas: competence, the attorney-client privilege, client confidentiality, knowing where to look for ESI and intentionally withholding ESI. To access the course please click here: Ethics & ESI: Pitfalls and Practical Tips For the Wary Practitioner.

Further issues discussed in this CLE course include:

  • Rules of Professional Conduct
  • The Business & Professions Code
  • The ABA Model Rules
  • The Stored Communications Act
  • The I “heart” Hot Moms case
  • Electronic spoliation
  • Intentionally deleting electronic evidence
  • Removing Facebook photos & other social media evidence
  • Innocent deletion
  • Social media’s indefinite half life
  • Emails & the attorney client privilege
  • The work product doctrine
  • The responsibilities of partners & supervisory lawyer
  • The responsibilities of a subordinate lawyer
  • Responsibilities regarding nonlawyer assistance
  • Withholding electronic documents & emails
  • Qualcomm Inc. v. Broadcom Corp.
  • The penalties for failing to live up to ethical standards when conducing eDiscovery

Eric R. Deitz devotes much of his practice to the defense of attorneys and other professionals sued for malpractice. He also practices complex, estate and appellate litigation. Eric’s published opinions include In re Harris, 590 F.3d 730 (C.A.9, 2009) and Woolverton v. McCracken, 321 Ill.App.3d 440 (2001). Eric has tried multiple cases to verdict, including a statewide class action in California Superior Court. He also lectures on legal ethics, e-discovery, and document retention practices and policy. A member of the invitation-only Legal Ethics Committee of the San Diego County Bar Association, Eric currently serves on the committee’s executive board. Since 2013, Eric has been recognized by the Southern California edition of Super Lawyers® in the area of Professional Liability Defense.

This CLE course on ethics & ESI qualifies for legal ethics credit and is currently accredited in the following states:

  • Alaska (AK)
  • Arizona (AZ)
  • California (CA)
  • Connecticut (CT)
  • District of Columbia (DC)
  • Illinois (IL)
  • Maryland (MD)
  • Massachusetts (MA)
  • Michigan (MI)
  • New Jersey (NJ)
  • New York (NY)
  • Pennsylvania (PA)
  • South Dakota (SD)

Attorney Credits offers continuing legal education (CLE) for attorneys in New York and around the country. For more information about CLE in New York please click the following link: NY CLE.

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