Liar, Liar: What to do When Your Client Lies

Webinar Date: 
August 24, 2011
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Whether they are confused, scared, or just plain dishonest, sometimes clients don’t tell the truth. In this webinar, you will learn what ethical choices and responsibilities a lawyer may face upon learning that a client has lied either to the lawyer, in non-litigation documents, or to a tribunal.

What You Will Learn

  • The ethical rules that prevent lawyers from allowing clients to perpetrate frauds on other parties
  • How to manage the Duty to the Client v. Duty to the Judicial System
  • Choices of action the lawyer has when a client lies to council or during litigation
  • How the lawyer should handle special situations where the client lie

*Although the panelist works primarily with Minnesota state law in his daily practice, this presentation will utilize the general rules of other states--particularly where they may differ from Minnesota law.


Eric Cooperstein started his private law practice devoted to legal ethics in the fall of 2006. Eric is a former Senior Assistant Director of the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility, where he worked from 1995 to 2001, and a former member of the 4th District Ethics Committee, on which he served from 2003 through April 2007.


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