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Protecting Your Online Reputation without Losing Your License

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 60 minutes
Recorded Date: April 23, 2019
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  • Importance of Online Reputation
  • Controlling your Online Reputation
  • Hypothetical
  • The Review
  • Consumer Review Fairness Act (15 U.S.C. Section 45b)
  • Do you Respond?
  • Ethical boundaries (ABA Formal Opinion 480, ABA 1.6, 7.1)
  • Takeaways
Runtime: 1 hour
Recorded: April 23, 2019


This program tackles the crucial issue of a lawyer's online reputation. Join our esteemed panel and learn how to ethically communicate about yourself, your clients, and the legal services you offer to the public.

This program was recorded on April 23rd, 2019.

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American Bar Association
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James J. Grogan

Deputy Administrator & Chief Counsel
Illinois ADRC

James J. Grogan has been the Chief Counsel for the Administrator of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission of the Illinois Supreme Court since 1988, where he has practiced since earning his law degree.

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Emil J. Ali

McCabe & Ali, LLP

Emil J. Ali provides legal representation of professionals across many regulated industries to limit, defend, and deflect liability in regulatory and professional conduct investigations, enforcement actions, arbitrations, and court cases. His diverse experience affords him the ability to provide advice and counsel to licensed professionals including investment advisors, broker-dealers, registered representatives, and attorneys.

Emil formerly investigated and assisted in the prosecution of attorney misconduct at the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Office of Enrollment and Discipline (OED). While at the OED, he helped to promulgate the USPTO Rules of Professional Conduct, which are based upon the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct. His unique experience affords him an understanding of the regulation of the legal profession. Emil has routinely presented and written regarding best practices for professionals to avoid regulator complaints. He also provides guidance to law firms and attorneys regarding employment transitions and the related conflicts. Additionally, Emil is an adjunct professor of law at Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, OR.

Emil spent time at the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia as a Special Assistant United States Attorney. There, he worked closely with Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to prosecute a variety of crimes in the District of Columbia.

Emil previously worked for the United States Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration where he regulated group health plans and promulgated regulations under the Affordable Care Act. His experience at the DOL allows him to help clients understand the complex provisions of ERISA, including fiduciary obligations, and the Affordable Care Act. Emil also managed the commercial regulatory affairs program at Providence Health Plan where he led a team of professionals to provide regulatory compliance assistance for a multi-billion-dollar health insurance issuer.

Emil has represented clients before the SEC, various state securities regulators, state accountancy boards, medical and osteopathic boards, the USPTO, and within state and federal courts. Emil regularly counsels clients on a wide range of other corporate compliance and general counsel matters and acts as outside general counsel to a number of companies.

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Jenny Mittelman

Deputy General Counsel
State Bar of Georgia

Jenny Mittelman is the Deputy General Counsel of the State Bar of Georgia.

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