Shifting Landscapes: Adapting Your Firm to Emerging Threats- A04

   Ethics Track
   The Insurance Programs for the Bar Committee

   Session A: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  



About the Program

Presented by lawyers for lawyers, this program will focus on providing valuable instruction, practical guides, checklists, risk control, and recommendations to help lawyers safely navigate today’s complex legal environment and assist them in minimizing professional liability risk. Topics include identifying risk in business transactions, civil litigations, emerging technology, practice errors, and complying with ethical and professional obligations.  

Attend this program and earn up to 7.5 percent premium credit off two years on professional liability insurance offered through this CBA exclusively endorsed program, underwritten by CNA. 

You Will Learn

  • About data security and privacy risks for law firms  
  • About client files and document retention  
  • How to manage legal outsourcing risks 


Stephen J. Conover, Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey LLP, Stamford

Steve Conover helps lawyers and law firms practice law without unnecessary ethical risks. He regularly represents lawyers, law firms and legal departments throughout Connecticut in grievance defense matters. He actively advises local and national law firms on malpractice prevention and risk management, and counsels clients on sensitive ethics, professional responsibility, and business matters.

In 2007, Mr Conover completed 11 years of service as Court-appointed Grievance Counsel involved with the State’s lawyer discipline process in administrative and judicial proceedings. Since 2007 he regularly defends lawyers facing sanctions from formal Grievance Complaints filed with Connecticut’s Statewide Grievance Committee. In addition, Mr. Conover provides guidance to lawyers and law firms in their management of partnership agreements, lateral hires & departures, dissolutions, licensing, and ethics compliance. CNA Insurance Company’s Professional Liability claims managers regularly engage him to speak to CNA insured law firms on ethics and loss prevention topics.

Mr. Conover is an experienced neutral arbitrator trained by the American Arbitration Association and regularly selected to decide complex commercial & construction disputes. He was admitted to practice in Connecticut in 1982, and since his admission has maintained an active trial practice representing clients in commercial & construction disputes in Connecticut’s State and Federal Courts and in arbitration, mediation, and administrative hearings before Boards, Committees, and Commissions throughout the State.

Brendon P. LevesqueHorton Dowd Bartschi & Levesque PC, Hartford

Brendon P. Levesque is the managing partner at Horton, Dowd, Bartschi & Levesque, P.C. in Hartford, Connecticut. He is admitted to practice in Connecticut state courts as well as in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, and Federal Circuits.  In addition, he is admitted to practice before the United States Patent & Trade Office. Attorney Levesque joined Horton, Dowd, Bartschi & Levesque in August 2004 after serving as a law clerk for now Chief Judge DiPentima of the Connecticut Appellate Court. Attorney Levesque was made a principal of the firm on January 1, 2009. 

Attorney Levesque represents clients in civil, family and criminal appeals before the Connecticut appellate courts and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. He also represents attorneys before grievance panels, in public hearings before the Statewide Grievance Committee and in presentments and appeals and candidates for bar admission before the Bar Examining Committee. Attorney Levesque presents seminars on risk management and ethics to law firms. Attorney Levesque is a member of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers.  Attorney Levesque is co-author of The Wheeler Court with Attorney Wesley Horton for the Quinnipiac University Law Review, an article focusing on the Connecticut Supreme Court from 1910 through 1930. With Attorney Horton, he co-authored The Maltbie Court for the University of Connecticut Law Review (Vol. 39, No. 5, July, 2007). Attorney Levesque authored Preparing for your first Appellate Argument which was published in the Connecticut Lawyer, Vol. 18, No. 12 and co-authored two chapters of Attorney Horton’s book, The History of the Connecticut Supreme Court, Thomson/West, 2008.

Attorney Levesque co-authors the Connecticut Practice Book Annotated providing authors comments to the chapters on the Code of Judicial Conduct, the Rules of Professional Conduct, motions, and pleadings. He co-authors Connecticut Juvenile Law published by Thomson/West with Attorney Dana Hrelic. He also co-authored Connecticut Insurance Law, a publication of the Connecticut Law Tribune with Attorney Karen Dowd and Attorney Michael Taylor. Since 2009, he has co-authored the annual Professional Responsibility Review in the Bar Journal with the Honorable Kimberly A. Knox.


CLE Credit: 2.0 Hours (CT: 2.0 Ethics; NY: 2.0 Ethics)