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Professional Responsibility and Ethics




Approved for CLE credit in: AK,AZ,CA,ME,ND,NJ,NY,WV

This program was featured in the 2009 Nuts & Bolts: Basic Litigation Skills-Essential Tools for Lawyers on January 22, 2009.

Provided By: Los Angeles County Bar Association

  • Avoiding and Defending Claims
  • Intra Law Firm Issues
  • Special Issues

    This program was featured in the 2009 Nuts & Bolts: Basic Litigation Skills-Essential Tools for Lawyers on January 22, 2009.

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    This program is has been approved for credit in AK,AZ,CA,ME,ND,NJ,NY,WV

    Experienced attorneys only (non-transitional)

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    Panelist Biographies

    William K. Mills

    Founding Partner
    Parker Shumaker Mills LLP

    William K. Mills is a founding partner of Parker Shumaker Mills LLP, and practices in: complex business litigation, including insurance coverage; legal malpractice; products liability; real estate; corporate governance; estate planning and probate; intellectual property; and general corporate and governmental representations.

    Mr. Mills served as Judicial Extern and Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Terry J. Hatter, District Judge, United States District Court for the Central District of California, from 1981 to 1982, and was formerly associated with the Public Finance Group of Buchalter, Nemer, Fields & Younger, Los Angeles, where he served as bond counsel, underwriter's counsel and letter of credit bank counsel in connection with a wide variety of complex municipal finance transactions. Mr. Mills is also formerly a partner at Lewis, D'Amato, Brisbois & Bisgaard.

    Mr. Mills graduated from Harvard College in 1979, with a concentration in American Government, and from UCLA Law School in 1982, where he served as Articles Editor for the National Black Law Journal.

    David B.Parker

    Parker Mills & Patel LLP

    Mr. Parker's trial practice includes commercial litigation, the defense and prosecution of professional liability and malicious prosecution cases, insurance coverage and bad faith. He has served as an expert witness in legal malpractice cases in state and federal courts involving standard of care issues in litigation and insurance matters, as well as standards of conduct, including conflicts of interest.

    Mr. Parker has tried as sole, lead, or co-lead counsel more than more than two dozen jury and bench trials, in the state and federal courts, as well as various judicial, commercial, Cumis and mandatory fee arbitrations, on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants, in a broad range of cases in the areas of commercial disputes, professional liability, malicious prosecution, attorneys fees, insurance coverage and bad faith, family law, labor and employment law, unfair competition, securities, intellectual property and other business torts.

    A graduate of UCLA Law School 1976 where he graduated Order of the Coif and served as Associate Editor of the Law Review, Mr. Parker has been actively involved in serving the legal profession as the past Chair of both the Professional Responsibility and Ethics Committee and the Attorneys Errors & Omissions Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, a member of the Board of Governors of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers and an active member of the Lawyers Professional Liability Bar Association. He has also authored and co-authored numerous publications and is a frequent speaker on the subjects of professional liability, legal ethics, and insurance coverage, including directors and officers insurance.

    Mr. Parker Identified as among the California's "Super Lawyers" (Los Angeles Magazine and Www.superlawyers.com), both in 2004 and 2005, and as one of the leading experts on legal malpractice in "Who You Gonna Call?" in California Lawyer, p. 25 (February 2002) and "The Lawyers' Lawyers" issue the Daily Journal's California Law Business (November 30, 1998) in the article "The Malpractice Practice" by Pearl J. Piatt.

    Diane Karpman

    Karpman & Associates

    Ms. Karpman has counseled lawyers for two decades. She defends lawyers in attorney discipline and regulatory proceedings before State Bar Court and in ethics litigation support (motions to disqualify, breach of fiduciary duty, conflicts, etc.). An established authority in the areas of attorney ethics and standards of professional care, she is frequently retained as an expert witness in legal malpractice actions and related proceedings. A.V. rated. Martindale-Hubbell.

    Recent appointments include: Western State University College of Law Alumni of the Year (2004); ABA/BNA Lawyers' Manual on Professional Conduct, Chair Editorial Board (2004); Member, National Organization of Bar Counsel (2001-2004); A.B.A.'s House of Delegates (2004); A.B.A.'s Co-Vice Chair, Center for Professional Responsibility Publications Board (1997-1998); A.B.A.'s Standing Committee on Lawyer Responsibility for Client Protection (1996); President, Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (2000); Chair-Corporate Responsibility Committee, SEC Sarbanes-Oxley Committee (2004); ALI-Members Consultant Group, Restatement of the Law of Lawyering (1998-2001); Elected to American Law Institute (1997); Trustee, Los Angeles County Bar, Chair, Professional Responsibility Committee (2001); Commissioner, Judicial Nominees Evaluation Committee (JINE) (1998-2000); Chair, California State Bar Minimum Continuing Legal Education Committee (1996); Liaison to State Bar of California's Discipline Committee (LACBA, BHBA, SFVBA); Beverly Hills Bar Association, Chair Ethics 2004-05 Committee, Delegates to State Bar Convention; Adjunct Professor Ethics, UCLA Attorney Assistant Training Program; and Court Appointment "Ethics Expert" by Los Angeles Superior Court in a Class Action.

    Ms. Karpman has written and lectured extensively for the ABA, State Bar Educational Symposiurns, State Bar Conventions, Los Angeles Trial Lawyers, Los Angeles County Bar, and local bar associations in the area of professional responsibility arid legal ethics.

    Ms. Karpman is a contributing editor for Bender's Attorney Ethics (competency and trust account management); coauthor of the California Lawyer's Guide to Professional Responsibility, publish (1994-1996), by Shepard¿s/McGraw-Hill, Inc., and associate editor of the Cornell Ethics Project with Professor Roger Cramton at law.cornell.edu/ethics. She writes a monthly column called "Ethics Byte" for the Cal Bar Journal at calbar.org, since 1997.

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