On-Demand Video

Dealing with Difficult Opposing Counsel 2022

  • City:
  • Start Date:2022-07-06 20:00:00
  • End Date:2024-07-06 20:00:00
  • Length:
  • Level:Various
  • Topics:Ethics

$249.00 ["ProPass"]

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Our duties as lawyers include the zealous representation of clients. Yet our interactions with opposing counsel need not, and should not, be difficult.

This session will offer tools, techniques and insight into practical and effective methods of dealing with difficult opposing counsel, while complying with the Rules of Professional Conduct. 

All attendees will receive the course book as a digital download. Course materials are not available for separate purchase but a printed copy is available to attendees for $40. If you wish to purchase the printed version of the course book, please call PBI Customer Service at 800-932-4637.

Recorded in July 2022.


Laurie Besden Esq.

Laurie Besden is the Executive Director of Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers of Pennsylvania, Inc. (LCL PA). She served as its Deputy Executive Director, overseeing its Helpline operations, serving as primary contact for intervention requests, expanding its law school outreach, and increasing LCL PA’s presence within the organized bench and bar, from 2011-2015. After becoming LCL PA’s Executive Director in 2015, Laurie continued to serve in most of these capacities and assumed responsibility for the organization’s administrative and financial operations, as well as its judges’ assistance program (Judges Concerned for Judges). Laurie is a licensed attorney in Pennsylvania (1999) and New Jersey (1999). She practiced law from 1999 through 2001 and 2009-2011 in several capacities including: Attorney-at-law (general civil and criminal practice), East Norriton, PA, Law Clerk (Pennsylvania Superior Court), Philadelphia, PA, and Law Clerk (Philadelphia Municipal Court), Philadelphia, PA. She received her B.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland, College Park, MD (1995) and her J.D. from The Dickinson School of Law of Pennsylvania State University (1999). Laurie was the 2015 recipient of the Montgomery Bar Association’s Henry Stuckert Miller Award for her dedication to public service in the legal profession and the 2019 recipient of Caron’s Legal Professional/Uniformed Public Service Award for the Greater Philadelphia Region.

Anne John Esq.

Ms. John is a private
practitioner in Uniontown, Fayette County. Ms. John served as President of
the Pennsylvania Bar Association from May 2019 – May 2020, as secretary from
2013-2016, and Zone 6 Governor from 2009-2012. During her tenure as
President, Ms. John’s initiatives included creation of the Committee on
Civility in the Profession, the Legal Academics Committee, and the COVID-19
Task Force. She continues her service with numerous PBA committees, and has
served as past co-chair of the Shale Energy Law Committee, past chair of the
Leadership Recruitment and Development Committee, past chair of the Review
and Certifying Board (2017-2018), and chair of the House of Delegates Draft
Committee. She has served as a member of the PBA Diversity Team, as well as
its predecessor, the Diversity Task Force. A Life Fellow of the Pennsylvania
Bar Foundation, she currently serves on its Board of Directors, having
previously served from May 2019 to May 2020, and served on the Foundation’s
Special Events Committee. Ms. John is currently a member of Advisory Council
on Elder Justice in the Courts, which was established by the Supreme Court of
Pennsylvania in 2015 to advise the Office of Elder Justice in the Courts
regarding the implementation of the Elder Law Task Force’s Report and
Recommendations, which include best practices, judicial rules and legislation
to benefit elder citizens of the Commonwealth. Ms. John previously served the
Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania as a Hearing Committee
member from 2016-2020. She has served as course planner and speaker for the
Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the continuing legal education arm of the
Pennsylvania Bar Association, on numerous issues, including civility, oil and
gas lease interpretation, groundwater contamination, and litigation. An
active Bar member at the local level, Ms. John is a past president of the
Fayette County Bar Association, where she has also served as secretary. She
is active in the community, serving as a past member of the Board of
Directors of the Mt. Lebanon Aqua Club, where she was awarded the 2019
Service Award, Advantage Credit Counseling Services, Inc. and the Better
Business Bureau of Western Pennsylvania, Inc. Ms. John earned her B.A. from
Dickinson College and her J.D. from the Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle,
PA, where she studied at the Law School’s first summer abroad program in
Florence, Italy.

Josh Byrne Esq.

Mr. Byrne is a member of the Professional Liability Department at Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C. and Chair of the Disciplinary Board Practice where he concentrates his practice on representing and defending professionals in a variety of professional liability matters. Mr. Byrne regularly represents attorneys in legal malpractice, wrongful use of civil proceedings and disciplinary matters. He also represents many other types of professionals in the federal and state courts in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and before disciplinary boards. Mr. Byrne has devoted his legal career to the protection of professionals and is highly regarded in this arena throughout the state. He is the Chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Professional Liability Committee, Co-Chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Professional Responsibility Committee, former Co-Chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Professional Guidance Committee, and is an active member of Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Ethics Committee. He is also a Co-Chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Amicus Brief Committee. Mr. Byrne is a former Hearing Committee Member serving the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. He serves as a Zone One delegate to the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s House of Delegates and as a Judge Pro Temp for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. A prolific writer, Mr. Byrne publishes extensively on malpractice avoidance and authors a recurring column in The Legal Intelligencer on professional liability topics. He frequently presents to legal and business organizations throughout Pennsylvania on professional liability themes. Mr. Byrne graduated with a dual major in Political Science and Japanese Studies From Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana. After college, he worked for two years as a coordinator for international relations in Chiba, Japan. He then obtained his juris doctor from Rutgers University School of Law. He is rated AV-Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating for professional competence

Thomas Farrell Esq.

Thomas Farrell was appointed Chief Disciplinary Counsel by the Pennsylvania Disciplinary Board in 2020. Before his appointment, Mr. Farrell was law clerk to the Honorable Gustave Diamond of the U.S. District Court in the Western District of Pennsylvania; a public defender in Brooklyn, NY; an Assistant United States Attorney in Pittsburgh; and an active civil and criminal practitioner. He is the author of Criminal Defense Tools and Techniques (James Publishing 7th ed. 2017), and co-author of the Third Circuit Criminal Handbook (Matthew Bender, Rev. Ed. 2018), as well as many articles on criminal practice and ethics. He has taught as an adjunct professor at the New York University School of Law, Duquesne Law School, and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Mr. Farrell received his B.A. degree from Yale University and his J.D. from the New York University School of Law. 

Amy Coco Esq.

Ms. Coco, a
shareholder at DiBella Weinheimer, focuses her practice on representing
lawyers, judges and law students; including in civil litigation matters,
ethics and professional responsibility representation and counseling,
practice before the Disciplinary Board, Board of Law Examiners, Court of
Judicial Discipline and the Client Security Fund; law firm organization and
structure including employment matters related to lawyers; risk management
and law practice management counseling. She serves as the Pennsylvania Bar
Association’s Woman At Large Governor, Chair of the PBA’s Diversity Equity
and Inclusion Team and Vice-Chair of the PBA’s Legal Ethics and Professional
Responsibility Committee. She is a Governor of the Allegheny County Bar
Association, serves as Chair of the ACBA’s By-Law’s Committee and a Duty
Officer for the ACBA’s Ethics Committee. She is the Director of Pitt Law
School’s Incubator program helping lawyers set up solo practices. She is also
a  Washington County and Philadelphia County Bar Association member
and a member of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers.

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