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Marian C. Rice to Speak at NYSBA Seminar, “Best Practices in Setting Up and Maintaining Client Relationships”

Garden City, New York, June 2, 2015

On Wednesday, June 3, 2015, L’Abbate Balkan partner, Marian C. Rice, will speak at the New York State Bar Association seminar “Best Practices in Setting Up and Maintaining Client Relationships.”

This seminar will present a hypothetical scenario to simulate the different stages of the client-attorney relationship from inception through closing the client file. The panel will cite case law precedent, the New York Rules of Professional Conduct, the New York Rules of Court, and Bar Association Advisory Opinions to present best practices for creating and maintaining client relationships, dos and don'ts with regard to an attorney's ethical obligations and risk management to avoid ethical dilemmas.

Ms. Rice chairs L’Abbate Balkan’s Attorney Liability Practice Group and concentrates her practice on the representation of attorneys and risk management for lawyers. In addition, Ms. Rice is a Past President of the 6,000 member Nassau County Bar Association, the largest suburban bar association in the country. She serves as an ABA Presidential appointee to the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Lawyer’s Professional Liability and has been chair of the New York State Bar Association, Committee for Insurance Programs since 2008. She has authored materials for numerous publications and newsletters, including the New York Law Journal, the New York State Bar Journal and Nassau Lawyer, and has lectured extensively for various organizations, associations, law firms and insurers. A respected member of the industry, Ms. Rice holds the AV® Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating for ethics and legal ability, has been named a Super Lawyer® annually since 2008, and has been assigned a “superb” AVVO rating.


If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Richard P. Byrne, Esq. or Anthony P. Colavita, Esq., the managing partners of L’Abbate, Balkan, Colavita & Contini, L.L.P., by telephone 516.294.8844 or email or