The tripartite relationship is recognized as a potential source of conflicts of interest. In light of this, the Pennsylvania Bar Association Committee of Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility issued Formal Opinion 96-196, entitled Ethical Concerns of Insurance Defense Counsel with Comments Appropriate to Staff Trial Lawyers, co-authored by Chairman Thomas G. Wilkinson, Esquire. This Formal Opinion highlights common situations that may arise in the tripartite relationship and sets forth guidance based on the Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct. Our panelists will offer a robust discussion of what has been referred to as the ethical minefield created by the tripartite relationship. Please join us for this informative program.
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