Top Ten Myths about In-House Ethics

Level: Intermediate
Runtime: 62 minutes
Recorded Date: June 22, 2021
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  • Ethics guidance for in-house lawyers
  • How the Rules of Professional Conduct apply to an in-house setting
  • Rules that govern both private and in-house lawyers
  • Exploring the top ten myths about in-house ethics
Runtime: 1 hour, 2 minutes
Recorded: June 22, 2021


Join our panelists as they discuss the application of certain rules to in-house attorneys and the unique challenges posed. Through an exploration of the Top Ten Myths about In-House Ethics, this program covers such topics as identity of client and conflicts of interest, business transactions with client/employer, the attorney-client privilege, the duty of competence, unauthorized practice of law, the No Contact rule, and sexual relations with client -- all from the perspective of the in-house attorney. This program will include discussion of Model Rules 1.1, 1.7, 1.9, 1.8, 1.10, 1.13 and 4.2.

This program was recorded on June 22nd, 2021.

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American Bar Association


Neil J. Wertlieb

Expert Witness
Wertlieb Law Corp.

Mr. Wertlieb is a retired partner from Milbank LLP, a leading international law firm, where he worked for over two decades, from 1995 to 2016. Based in Milbank’s Los Angeles office, Mr. Wertlieb’s legal practice focused on business transactions, primarily acquisitions, securities offerings and restructurings.

Mr. Wertlieb has represented clients in a wide variety of business matters, including formation and early round financings, mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, international securities offerings and other international transactions, fund formations, joint ventures, partnerships and limited liability companies, reorganizations and restructurings, independent investigations and general corporate and contractual matters.

While at Milbank, Mr. Wertlieb served as: Chair of the Ethics Group responsible for the firm’s California practices; the Hiring Partner for the firm’s Los Angeles office; and a member of the firm’s Corporate Governance Group, the firm’s Equal Opportunity Committee, and the firm’s Professional Development Committee.

As a member of the firm’s Professional Development Committee, Mr. Wertlieb played an active role in designing, implementing and co-teaching at Milbank at Harvard, an innovative training program in partnership with Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School for Milbank associates worldwide.

Elizabeth L. Bradley

Rosen Saba, LLP

Elizabeth L. Bradley is a career litigator and trial attorney. Her practice consists primarily of prosecuting professional malpractice, employment and general business litigation matters from commencement through trial, arbitration or settlement.

Elizabeth was recently appointed by the State Bar of California’s Board of Trustees to serve a four-year term on its standing Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct (COPRAC), commencing in September 2021. COPRAC addresses matters involving professional ethics to facilitate compliance by licensees with their ethical duties, such as by drafting advisory opinions on issues of professional ethics, studying and recommending changes to the Rules of Professional Conduct, and sponsoring educational and outreach programs. Elizabeth is a current and founding member of the California Lawyers Association’s Ethics Committee, and is the immediate past chair of PREC, the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Professional Responsibility and Ethics Committee.

Elizabeth’s employment practice includes litigating claims for sexual harassment, other workplace harassment, age discrimination, gender discrimination, race discrimination, disability discrimination, retaliation, among others. She also handles many of the firm’s civil appeals.

Elizabeth began her career in San Diego as a Human Resources professional before entering law school, and carries that valuable experience into her employment law practice. After interning with the California Court of Appeal, Fourth District (Hon. Don Work), she entered private practice. Following several years of practice with litigation firms in the Los Angeles area, in 2005 Elizabeth and her mother formed Bradley & Bradley, LLP, a litigation boutique. She began working with Rosen Saba, LLP in 2010 as Special Counsel. In 2015, she became a Partner of the firm.

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