Ahead of the Curve: Ethics in Practice – B03

Ethics Track
Insurance Programs for the Bar Committee

Session B: 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

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 litigation, 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 & Hennessey 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.

Steve is an experienced neutral arbitrator trained by the American Arbitration Association and is regularly selected to decide complex commercial & construction disputes. He is a member of the American Arbitration Association’s panels for Large & Complex Commercial, and Construction Cases. Steve is also a neutral mediator trained (40 hours) at Quinnipiac University Law School Center for Dispute Resolution. Since 1996, Steve has served by appointment as a Special Master mediating civil cases each month in the State Superior Court in Stamford.

Steve has a long history of leadership in the state and local bar, including his election as a Board Member (1993-2003) and as President (2003-2004) of the Fairfield County Bar Association. Steve is active in the Connecticut Bar Association as an elected member of its Board of Governors, and as a member of the Professional Ethics Committee, and Profession Discipline Committee. Steve was a member of the CBA Task Force on the Unauthorized Practice of Law.


Brendon 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.


CLE Credit: 1.5 Hours (Ethics)