Will You Be My Valentine? Dating and Romantic Relationships in the Legal Workplace

Andrew Struve Susan Page White
February 01, 2017
Legal Ethics


They say that love is blind, but it is also unethical? Recently, many states have enacted legal ethics rules that govern romantic relationships between lawyers and their clients. In some states, those rules expressly prohibit dating a client under certain circumstances, while in others, lawyers remain free to date a client unless the romantic relationship adversely affects the lawyer’s representation of the client. In this fun, topical and engaging program, Andrew Struve and Susan White examine the legal, ethical and practical implications when lawyers choose to date clients and other lawyers, including judges.


Andrew H. Struve, Partner, Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP, Los Angeles, CA

Susan Page White, Partner, Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP, Los Angeles, CA

Andrew's practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and unfair competition actions, with a particular expertise in healthcare, private equity, insurance and the defense of consumer suits. In the healthcare field, he co-chairs the Firm's Healthcare Litigation practice, and has litigated class and other representative actions, federal and state qui tam litigation, antitrust suits, RICO actions, managed care contracting suits, partnership actions, bad faith claims and payment disputes, as well as conducted numerous internal investigations and compliance audits. In the managed healthcare and insurance fields, he has litigated numerous class actions and individual unfair business practices suits, bad faith actions, and rescission litigations. Andrew also has represented clients in trials and other litigation of significant matters involving real estate, title insurance, intellectual property, false advertising, employment, misappropriation of trade secrets, product liability, professional liability, partnerships, indemnity, contribution, subrogation, and other areas of the law, and has served as regulatory counsel and governance advisor to healthcare clients. He also serves as national governance, regulatory and compliance counsel for a number of companies, and leads teams of firm professionals managing all aspects of clients' multidisciplinary legal functions.

Susan conducts an active litigation practice, representing clients in complex insurance coverage matters, including bad faith and other commercial and contract litigation matters. Her clients span a range of industries, including healthcare, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, telecommunications, software and Internet technology, entertainment, aerospace, and financial services. Susan also provides advice to senior management and executives on how to mitigate risks and maximize insurance protections and recoveries with respect to policy procurement, negotiations, reviews, and renewals. She has conducted insurance policy audits for numerous clients involving numerous types of coverages, including directors’ and officers’ liability, errors and omissions liability, fiduciary liability, property, political risk, multimedia and general liability.

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