Common Ethical Issues in Government Contracting

(420 Ratings)

Produced on: July 16, 2018

Course Format On Demand Audio

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Course Description

Time 61 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Government contracting is a complex field of law, and can present attorneys with unique ethical challenges. This program, presented by Claude M. Millman of Kostelanetz & Fink, LLP, introduces many of the ethical issues that arise when companies do business with government agencies. Topics to be covered include gifts, entertainment, and favors when dealing with public servants; dealing with public servants with dual positions, or those who misuse their positions; managing “revolving door” employment; and handling endorsements from governments. While these topics are introduced in a general way, New York City’s conflicts of interest law is used as an example of how these issues may be regulated in particular jurisdictions.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Gain an overview of common ethical challenges that arise in government contracting practice
  2. Examine typical scenarios that arise when dealing with public servants, such as receiving confidential information from them, working with public servants in dual positions, encounters with public servants who misuse their positions, or public servants with investments in companies that do business with the government

  3. Explore how to effectively manage “revolving door” employment

  4. Discuss how to properly handle endorsements from governments


Claude M. Millman

Kostelanetz & Fink, LLP

Claude M. Millman is a partner at Kostelanetz & Fink, LLP, where he leads the firm’s commercial civil litigation efforts and its government procurement and contracting practice. He also advises clients on dealing with government agencies on regulatory, land use and environmental matters. After graduating from Stanford University and Columbia Law School, Mr. Millman clerked for a federal judge in Manhattan and then served as an Assistant United States Attorney in Manhattan. Mr. Millman was then appointed as a Deputy Commissioner of the agency that is now the N.Y.C. Business Integrity Commission. From 1998 to 2000, Mr. Millman served as Mayor Giuliani’s City Chief Procurement Officer (Director, Mayor’s Office of Contracts Services). Mr. Millman was also the Executive Director of the 1999 N.Y.C. Charter Revision Commission and a Commissioner of the 2001 N.Y.C. Charter Revision Commission. Prior to joining Kostelanetz & Fink, Mr. Millman was a partner at Proskauer Rose LLP for eight years. Mr. Millman has been ranked in “Best Lawyers of America” and “Super Lawyers.” He has a Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating of 5 out of 5 (“AV” Rating, “Preeminent”) in Litigation, Government Contracts, and Commercial Law. In 2011, he was elected to the Fellowship of the Litigation Counsel of America. Much of Mr. Millman’s practice involves New York City and New York State government matters. He advises clients on a broad range of government contracting and procurement questions, including ethics issues. He has represented respondents in New York City government ethics cases. His government ethics work runs the gamut from advice, to representation during investigations, to representation of charged respondents. He recently gave a presentation at the N.Y.C. Seminar on Ethics in City Government entitled “Ethics is a Two-Way Street: Why Contractors, Grantees, and Lobbyists Can’t Ignore NYC’s Ethics Rules.”


Michael R.

Great information about the ethics on this subject.

Hal W.


Richard L.

what I needed to know

John N.

The presenter made it clear that the ethics responsibilities imposed on employees and appointees of governmental entities also have implications for the private organizations, contractors, and suppliers with whom the governmental body does business.

Steven B.


Waverly H.

good course!

Andrew P.


Margaret H.

Interesting topic, thank you for this insight

Thomas M.

great program

John W.


Micheal D.

Practical knowledge on real situation.

Brant M.

The lecturer understood the law and its practical implications. Well done.

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