Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail: Addressing Conflicts of Interest Before They Arise 

June 14th, 12:00 PM CST

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A substantial number of malpractice claims arise from a lawyer’s failure to identify a conflict of interest.  Conflicts can come in all shapes and sizes and at varying times during the course of representation. So, despite our best intentions, they can be difficult to identify.  Join J. Calhoun Watson, attorney at Robinson Gray located in Columbia, South Carolina, and Kate Gould, Risk Management Attorney at Attorney Protective, as they analyze several scenarios and provide best practice tips on how to avoid and address conflicts of interest.  The relevant rules of ethics concerning conflicts of interest will be discussed, along with what actions you should take if a conflict arises. 

Meet your speakers

J. Calhoun Watson, Esq.

Managing Member, Robinson Gray

Mr. Watson is a Member of Robinson Gray located in Columbia, South Carolina.
His practice areas are Professional Liability and Ethics, Commercial Litigation and Business Dispute Resolution and Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Mr. Watson earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of South Carolina School of Law where he graduated cum laude, and his Bachelors degree from Wofford College, where he graduated summa cum laude.

He is past President of the South Carolina Bar and is involved in a number of organizations including the International Association of Defense Counsel, the South Carolina Defense Trial Attorney’s Association, the Defense Research Institute, and others..

Kate Gould, Esq.

Risk Management Consultant, Attorney Protective

Kate earned her J.D. from the Valparaiso University School of Law and Bachelor’s Degree from Taylor University.  She began her legal career as an insurance defense attorney in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Kate left private practice to serve as in-house counsel at a privately-held company with several manufacturing subsidiaries in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.  She returned to the courtroom in Fort Wayne, Indiana where she practiced in commercial litigation, bad faith insurance litigation, employment law, and collections. 

Kate recently joined Attorney Protective as a Risk Management Consultant, where she enjoys speaking to AttPro’s insured attorneys and offering risk management guidance. 

CLE approvals

AL – 1 ethics credit

CA – 1 ethics credit

CO – 1 ethics credit

CT – approved

FL – 1 ethics credit

GA – 1 ethics credit

HI – 1 ethics credit

IA – 1 ethics credit

IL – 1 ethics credit

ID – 1 general credit

IN – 1 ethics credit

KS – 1 ethics credit

KY – 1 ethics credit

LA – 1 ethics credit


MN – 1 ethics credit

MO – 1 ethics credit

MS – 1 ethics credit

MT – 1 ethics credit

NC – 1 ethics credit

ND – 1 ethics credit

NJ – approved

NV – 1 ethics credit

NM – 1 ethics credit

OH – 1 professional conduct credit

OK – 1 ethics credit

PA – approved


SC – 1 ethics credit

TN – 1 general credit

TX – 1 ethics credit

UT – 1 ethics credit

VA – 1 ethics credit

VT – approved

WA – 1 ethics credit

WI – 1 ethics credit

WY – 1 ethics credit

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