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Fee Agreements 2023


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  • Start Date:2023-12-10 19:00:00
  • End Date:2025-12-10 19:00:00
  • Length:
  • Level:Intermediate
  • Topics:Law Practice Management

$149.00 ["ProPass"]

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Overview

The Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct require attorneys to have written fee agreements and engagement letters that specify the basis or rate of the fee. These agreements generally provide additional information to assure that the client understands the arrangement. There are many areas that attorneys must consider when drafting these contracts, and the failure to do so can lead to disputes and even disciplinary actions.

This program will discuss the essential elements of fee agreements so that attorneys and law firms can avoid the common mistakes that lead to disputes., including:

  • Provisions that must be in every fee agreement to comply with the Rules of Professional Conduct
  • Provisions that should be in most fee agreements
  • Provisions relating to communications by email, cellphone and other methods
  • Provisions relating to file storage and disposal
  • Provisions to address disputes relating to contingent fee agreements
  • Provisions to address situations where the representation ends prematurely
  • Clauses necessary for drafting flat fee agreements where the funds will not be deposited into an attorney’s IOLTA account
  • And much more

All attendees will receive the course materials as a digital book.

Recorded in December 2023.

Faculty

A Rerko Esq.

Tereasa Rerko is a
partner at Quatrini Law Group and concentrates her practice in the area of
Social Security Disability. Subsequent to obtaining her MA degree,
she will also now be serving as a third party neutral in mediation
matters. Practicing law since 1984, Ms. Rerko is a member of the
Westmoreland and Pennsylvania Bar Associations. She is also a Sustaining
Member of NOSSCR, the National Organization of Social Security Claimants
Representatives. Ms. Rerko received her B.A. in Political Science cum laude
from California University of Pennsylvania in 1979 and her J.D. from Duquesne
University School of Law in 1984. She obtained her M.A. in Conflict
Resolution, with honors, from California University of Pennsylvania in 2020
Attorney Rerko was recently elected to the PennWest California (formerly
California University of Pennsylvania) Alumni Association Board of Directors
for a three-year term, and is currently serving as the President of the
Association . Ms. Rerko previously served on the Board of Directors
of United Way of Southwestern PA and is currently a member of its Women’s
Leadership Council. She previously served on the Board of Directors of
accessAbilities, Inc., serving as Vice-President and also chair of the Board
Development Committee, and also served as a member of the Board of Directors
for the accessAbilities Foundation, its sister agency. Ms. Rerko
was involved with the former Girl Scout Council of Westmoreland for more than
17 years. Most recently she served two three-year terms as president of the
Board. She has also served as Nominating Committee Chair and Member
at Large of the Board. As president, she initiated and finalized
the Council’s first strategic planning effort. Ms. Rerko has also served
several terms on the Board of Directors of ParentWise of Westmoreland County.
Ms. Rerko has been a member of the Zonta Club of Westmoreland. She has also
been a member of the Executive Women of Westmoreland. This group is a local
affiliate of the National Association of Female Executives. She previously
served as Chair of the Westmoreland County Commission for Women and Families.
Ms. Rerko is active in her church, the Partner Parishes of St. Pius X and
Visitation of the B.V.M in Mt. Pleasant, where she serves as a lector as well
as a member of the Finance Council, and previously served as a catechist for
the Children’s Liturgy of the Word program.

Hope Comisky Esq.

Hope A. Comisky is a Member of Griesing Mazzeo Law and Chair of the Firm’s Employment and Ethics & Professional Responsibility practice groups. She also serves as General Counsel for the Firm, handling professional responsibility matters and risk management initiatives. Hope is a top-ranked employment attorney and an experienced arbiter with over thirty-five years of employment and litigation experience. She counsels clients on employment issues, provides training to managers and staff and offers strategic advice on employment litigation matters. Furthermore, Hope has extensive experience arbitrating and mediating employment and commercial disputes. She is also included on the American Arbitration Association’s National Roster of Arbitrators, CPR’s Panel of Distinguished Neutrals, and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Program. She is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and the current chair of its selection committee for the Third Circuit. Hope has more than a decade of experience providing professional responsibility advice to lawyers and law firms. Hope previously served as the lead professional responsibility attorney and then as General Counsel for a 450+ attorney firm for over a decade, where she chaired the Professional Responsibility Committee, providing real-time advice and educational programs to hundreds of attorneys on all aspects of the rules of professional conduct. Hope also provides ethics opinions to lawyers and law firms and conducted training for in-house lawyers.  Hope has been regularly recognized by Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers for her work in employment law. Notably, she was named “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers for Labor and Employment and Employment Law – Management in Philadelphia. Hope was also chosen as a Philadelphia Business Journal Best of the Bar honoree for her work in employment litigation.  Furthermore, she was recognized as a Labor and Employment Star by Benchmark Litigation.  Hope is also a frequent lecturer and author on employment law and professional responsibility topics. Hope has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, teaching professional responsibility seminars. She has also spoken at the Northeast Regional Employment Law Institute for many years, lecturing on various topics including sexual harassment, defamation in the employment context and tort claims arising from employee terminations. In addition, she has published several articles for the ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law.  Before joining the Firm, Hope was a partner at three prominent law firms in Philadelphia, including serving as general counsel at one of her prior firms.  Hope received her B.A. from Cornell University and J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. After law school, Hope was a law clerk for the Honorable Joseph L. McGlynn, Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.


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