Avoiding Common Conflicts of Interest in the Lawyer-Client Relationship


  • Richard J. Hunter Professor of Legal Studies, Stillman School of Business, Seton Hall University, Adjunct Professor of Law University of Tulsa College of Law
  • John H. Shannon Professor of Legal Studies, Stillman School of Business Seton Hall University




conflict of interest; informed consent; fiduciary duty; transactional conflicts; contingency fee arrangements


There are several areas in the law where conflicts of interest commonly occur in the context of the lawyer-client relationship. This article, which is Part II of a three-part series on issues relating to the lawyer-client relationship, will explain two of the main conflicts that may occur: simultaneous representation of clients with differing or conflicting interests and personal conflicts of interest between a lawyer and a client. In addition, the paper will discuss the special considerations inherent in contingent fee arrangements.




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* This three-part series of articles is dedicated to my students in the fall Professional Responsibility class at the University of Tulsa School of Law where I am teaching as an Adjunct Professor.




How to Cite

Hunter, R. J., & Shannon, J. H. (2022). Avoiding Common Conflicts of Interest in the Lawyer-Client Relationship . Advances in Social Sciences Research Journal, 9(11), 119–131. https://doi.org/10.14738/assrj.911.13386