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How To Avoid The Ethical & Fiduciary Pitfalls of Lateral Hiring



Provided By: New York City Bar

Approved for CLE credit in: AK,AZ,CA,ME,ND,NJ,NY,WV

For both law firms trying to attract laterals and lawyers trying to move to a new firm, there are a large number of ethical and fiduciary issues that are easy to miss. At this seminar, the panelists, using video vignettes, will discuss how to manage the lateral hiring process to avoid these potential problems. Among other things, the program will explore when and what clients can be told, what information can be shared with the potential new firm, what to cover when performing conflicts checks, and the issues that arise when hiring a group of lawyers.

This program was recorded on October 3rd, 2008.

  • Introduction and Overview

    Overview of problems encountered from the perspective of the law firm losing the lawyer, the law firm hiring the lawyer and the lawyer who is moving.

  • Discussion of Vignettes

    The faculty will lead an interactive discussion about real world pressures and ethical dilemmas that present themselves when attorneys move from one firm to another using three vignettes. After each vignette there will be a discussion of the ethical and fiduciary issues raised and the faculty will offer practical advice and effective prevention strategies for dealing with the issues raised.

    This program was recorded on October 3rd, 2008.

  • CLE Credit Information

    Click on the state abbreviation to find the CLE Credit Information for your state.

    This program is has been approved for credit in AK,AZ,CA,ME,ND,NJ,NY,WV

    Experienced attorneys only (non-transitional)

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    Panelist Biographies


    Krauss PLLC

    Geri S. Krauss is a founder of Krauss PLLC. She is a respected litigator and recognized expert on the complex issues relating to professional partnerships. She regularly counsels lawyers and other professionals in disputes involving partners, employees and their firms, negotiates and litigates such disputes. Additionally, she defends law firms and lawyers in malpractice, sanctions, malicious prosecution, and contract matters. Ms. Krauss is also an experienced employment lawyer who has negotiated and litigated a wide range of issues on behalf of both employers and employees, including contracts, restrictive covenants, discrimination and harassment claims, and terminations. Ms. Krauss' practice also focuses on mediation and arbitration. She has both represented clients in these alternative dispute resolution forums, as well as served as a mediator and arbitrator. Prior to founding Krauss PLLC, Ms. Krauss was a partner at Herrick, Feinstein LLP, where she was chair of the firm's Professional Practices Group and a member of its Litigation Department, and a partner at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP practicing in their Lawyers for the Profession Group. Ms. Krauss is a member of the Committee on Character and Fitness for the Ninth Judicial District and served a term as a member of the Committee on Professional Responsibility of the New York City Bar. Additionally, she is a member of the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, the New York State Women's Bar Association and the Westchester Women's Bar Association. She is also on the Board of Directors of the Judges and Lawyers Breast Cancer Alert (JALBCA). She is on the S.D.N.Y. Mediation Panel, the Mediation Panel for the New York Supreme Court Commercial Division and on the Panel of Arbitrators for the New York State Attorney-Client Fee Dispute Resolution Program.


    Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC


    Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

    David G. Keyko is a partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. Mr. Keyko's practice focuses on major, complex litigation, often involving multiple parties. He has defended clients in matters of allegations of securities or other types of fraud, antitrust violations, ethics issues, trusts and estates issues, as well as representing clients responding to government probes. Among his prominent cases are the representation of the primary claimant to a $1.5 billion estate in lawsuits filed in several jurisdictions; representing a plaintiff in a bench trial in federal court concerning a fraudulent scheme to finance the importation of coffee beans, which resulted in a $90 million judgment; and a jury trial in federal court concerning an alleged scheme to manipulate world-wide commodity prices. Mr. Keyko has lectured and written widely on securities, antitrust, legal ethics and general litigation topics. He is a former columnist for the New York Law Journal and has written several dozen articles on litigation and ethics issues for such publications as the National Law Journal, and Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, on whose advisory board Mr. Keyko served. Mr. Keyko also is the immediate past Chairman of the Professional Responsibility Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

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