Ethics: Shifting Landscapes: Adapting Your Firm to Emerging Threats- A05

Ethics Track
Insurance Programs for the Bar Committee

Session A: 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 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 the 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
  • Managing legal outsourcing risks


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

Attorney Conover is a partner in Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey’s Litigation Group.  He regularly represents lawyers, law firms and corporate 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, Steve completed 11 years of service as Court-appointed Grievance Counsel involved with the State’s lawyer disciplinary/grievance process in administrative and judicial proceedings.  He now regularly defends lawyers facing sanctions from formal Grievance Complaints filed with Connecticut’s Statewide Grievance Committee. In addition, Steve provides guidance to lawyers and law firms in their partnership agreements, management of partner departures, lateral hires, dissolutions, licensing, and ethics compliance.

Steve is a frequent speaker for the Fairfield County Bar Association, the Bridgeport Bar Association, the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association and the Connecticut Bar Association on the topics of legal ethics, grievance defense, lawyer discipline and law firm risk management. Since his admission, Steve has maintained an active trial practice representing clients in commercial & construction disputes in State and Federal Courts, and in arbitration, mediation, and administrative hearings before Boards, Committees, and Commissions throughout Connecticut

Brendon P. Levesque, Horton Dowd Bartschi & Levesque PC, Hartford

Attorney Levesque represents attorneys before grievance panels, in public hearings before the Statewide Grievance Committee, and in presentments and appeals. He also represents candidates for bar admission before the Bar Examining Committee. Attorney Levesque counsels clients as to compliance with the State of Connecticut Code of Ethics, and represents clients regarding complaints, investigations, and evaluations by the Office of State Ethics and before the Citizen’s Ethics Advisory Board. He presents seminars on risk management and ethics to law firms.  Attorney Levesque is a member of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers.

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 clients on appeals in termination of parental rights cases. Attorney Levesque is a member of the Litigation Section of the Connecticut Bar. In January of 2008, Attorney Levesque was an adjunct professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law, co-teaching the Moot Court Interterm. He has co-taught Appellate Advocacy at UCONN School of Law with Attorney Wesley Horton since 2014.


2.0 CLE Credits: (CT: 2.0 Ethics; NY: 2.0 Ethics)