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William Freivogel

Independent Consultant

Chicago, IL, USA


Bill Freivogel is a private consultant to law firms and corporate legal departments on ethics and professional liability issues.  He has specialized in this work for approximately twenty-five years, spending part of that time both with ALAS and with Aon’s Professional Services Group.

Bill was a trial lawyer from 1965 until 1988, handling matters in the following substantive areas: antitrust; securities; civil rights; and products liability.  He is a member of the Editorial Board of the ABA/BNA Lawyers’ Manual on Professional Conduct (Chair 2006-2008).  He was, until August 2010, Chair of the Professional Responsibility Committee of the ABA Business Law Section.  He is a member of the American Law Institute, where he was a member of the Members’ Consultative Group for the Restatement (Third) of the Law Governing Lawyers project.  He was a member of the Advisory Council to the American Bar Association “Ethics 2000” Commission, and he is a member of the ABA Business Law Section Legal Opinions Committee.

Bill has written and spoken extensively in the areas of legal ethics and loss prevention.  He is the author of Freivogel on Conflicts, a comprehensive online guide to conflicts of interest, http://www.freivogelonconflicts.com.  He also wrote A Short History of Conflicts of Interest. The Future?, 20 Professional Lawyer No. 2, p. 3 (September 2010).  He has contributed chapters to two editions of the ABA Annotated Model Rules of Professional Conduct, the most recent in 2011. 

A partial list of Bill’s other writings includes: Conflicts of Interest: A Storm Warning from the U.S.?, The European Lawyer, Nov. 2001, at 20; Selected Ethics Issues in Litigation Practice, 72 Tulane L. Rev. 637 (1997) (co-author); Conflicts of Interest and the Business Lawyer: A Professional Liability Epidemic, 11 Delaware Lawyer 32 (Winter 1993); Emerging Conflict of Interest Issues, 79 Ill. B. J. 628 (December 1991).  

Bill received his LL.B. from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1965 and his B.S. from the University of Illinois in 1962.

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