Truth or Fiction? Representations of Wealth Disputes in Television, Literature, and Film—and Implications for Practitioners and Clients

Robins Kaplan LLP Wealth Planning, Administration, and Disputes Group CLE

October 1, 7, and 13, 2020

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Producers, writers, and reporters have long been fascinated with high-stakes wealth, estate and trusts, and shareholder disputes. Whether tragic or comic, the drama between clients, families, business partners, as well as the sometimes stereotypical expectations of attorneys, can be irresistible from an entertainment perspective. But there can be implications regarding what clients expect of practitioners as a result of portrayals in everything from shows like "Succession" to the morning news. This year’s three-part, virtual seminar will allow you to examine the impact of a range of media portrayals, hear from colleagues and experts in the industry, and participate in thought-provoking discussions in a smaller group setting. And of course this year’s seminar would not be complete without our annual round of Ripped from the Case Law.

Program Details

Session I | Panel: The Influence of News and Other Media on Client Expectations
Thursday, October 1 | 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. CT

Hear from a range of different stakeholders as they discuss a series of excerpts from television and film, as well as depictions of high-profile disputes in the news, that may or may not be accurate, but that are sure to shape both societal and client perceptions of a range of issues, from approaches to family business succession to what constitutes an effective “lawyer persona.”

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Timothy Billion, Associate, Robins Kaplan LLP


Hon. Ariel E. Belen (Ret.), FCIArb, JAMS
Christine Schmidt, CFP®, Vice President, Family Office, Trust Point
Jayna Voss, Co-Founder and Attorney, Legacy Law Firm, P.C.

Session II | Representations of Wealth Planning and Conflict in Film and Literature: What Can We Learn from Such Depictions?
Wednesday, October 7 | 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. CT

It is often said in the realm of wealth planning and conflict that “you can’t make this stuff up.” But can you? For our second session, participants will choose between four different fictional works to read or view in advance of October 7 for a unique interactive experience. Participants will join breakout sessions where they will discuss reactions to the works. Facilitators will provide a brief synopsis of the story and show key clips to introduce key moments and themes captured.


Tony Froio, Robins Kaplan LLP
Brendan Johnson, Robins Kaplan LLP
Sarah Khoury, Robins Kaplan LLP
Jim Menton, Robins Kaplan LLP
Denise Rahne, Robins Kaplan LLP
Ivory Ruud, U.S. Bank
Jennifer Santini, Sykora Santini
Shira Shapiro, Robins Kaplan LLP
Manleen Singh, Robins Kaplan LLP
Jayne Sykora, Sykora Santini

Session III | Ripped from the Case Law
Tuesday, October 13 | 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. CT

Explore society’s most unbelievable wealth disputes and some of the most prolific plots in literature, film, and television. Most importantly, see if you can tell the difference between real cases and events and the inventions of your hosts. Join us for an interactive hour of friendly competition focused on cases and stories, real and imagined, all of which may be hard to believe.


Matt Frerichs, Partner, Robins Kaplan LLP
Denise Rahne, Partner; Co-Chair, Wealth Planning, Administration, and Disputes Group, Robins Kaplan LLP

CLE and CTFA Accreditation

Robins Kaplan LLP will seek approval with Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Boards in California, Minnesota, and New York for 3.0 hours of standard credit. Robins Kaplan will also seek approval with the American Bankers Association (ABA) for 3.0 hours of CTFA credit.

Questions? Please contact Christine Berndt at or 612.349.8404.