The Ethical Duty of Technology Competence: What Every Lawyer Needs to Know – C04


   Ethics Track

   Session C: 2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.  


About the Program
The Rules of Professional Conduct include specific obligation regarding technology. What does this mean for lawyers and what obligations to clients does it create? In this program, we will review the requirements of the Rules of Professional Conduct and the many reasons to be technologically competent. 

You Will Learn

      • About the Rules of Professional Conduct requirements
      • How to improve cybersecurity
      • How to increase efficiency 


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

Brendon P. Levesque is the managing partner at Horton Dowd Bartschi & Levesque PC 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.

Michael S. Taylor, Horton Dowd Bartschi & Levesque PC, Hartford 

Michael S. Taylor is of counsel at Horton Dowd Bartschi & Levesque PC in Hartford, Connecticut. He is admitted to practice in Connecticut state court as well as in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Supreme Court of the United States.

Attorney Taylor represents clients at trial, on appeal and in professional responsibility matters. His appellate litigation has encompassed a wide range of issues including constitutional law, contract law, land use, and eminent domain, insurance coverage, criminal law, products liability and torts, dissolution of marriage, child custody and parental rights. Attorney Taylor also counsels clients and attorneys in attorney ethics matters and at the trial stage regarding the identification and preservation of issues for appeal.​

Attorney Taylor co-authors Connecticut Insurance Law with Attorneys Karen Dowd and Brendon Levesque. He also co-authors The Encyclopedia of Connecticut Causes of Action. Attorney Taylor writes and lectures on appellate, insurance coverage and professional responsibility topics and was an adjunct professor at The University of Connecticut School of Law, teaching moot court. 


CLE Credit: 1.0 Hours (CT: 1.0 Ethics; NY: 1.0 Ethics)