Ethical Issues Associated with Internal Investigations

Production Date: October 13, 2015 Practice Areas: Ethics and Employment Estimated Length: 3718 minutes


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In an era of heightened government and regulatory scrutiny for employers across a wide range of laws and statutes, the importance for companies to perform their own thorough and effective internal investigations into allegations of wrongdoing has never been more apparent. In-house attorneys and outside law firms are frequently called upon to perform such investigations. When doing so, all attorneys must be mindful of the ethical duties and responsibilities that can be implicated in connection with such investigations. The failure to pay careful attention to these ethical obligations can have serious negative ramifications for both the corporate client and possibly the individual attorney as well.


Join John F. Fullerton III, a member of the firm at Epstein Becker & Green, P.C., who regularly conducts internal investigations and advises financial institutions and other corporate employers on employment and whistleblower related matters, as he discusses the important ethical considerations associated with internal corporate investigations.


Learning Objectives:

I.    Identify the distinctions in the roles of fact investigator and legal advisor

II.   Explore the rules of establishing and maintaining attorney client privilege and establishing and maintaining attorney work product protection

III.  Grasp the nature and scope of various waivers of privilege, including:

  • General vs. Partial Waiver
  • Selective Waiver
  • Extrajudicial Waiver

IV.  Recognize the rules governing confidentiality of internal investigations

V.   Understand the limitations on the use of Social Media in connection with internal investigations

Perry L.
Philadelphia, PA

good coverage

Randy B.
New York, NY

Great work and great overview of the area.

Pam U.
Elverson, PA

Excellent presenter and material.

Anne W.
Pago Pago, na

Well presented and included good practical advice.

Lisa H.
Sacramento, CA

Good presenter

Sandra N.
Cheverly, MD


Vincent G.
Pittsburgh, PA

Good course

connie b.
Pleasantville, NY

excellent and relevant

Gbolahan E.
Baltimore, MD

Very good

David M.
Manhattan, NY

Excellent and informative. One of the best and most useful ethics presentations I have taken.

Parsa A.
Baltimore, MD

Very well done.

Paul H.
New York, NY

very interesting topic

Don J.
Belvedere Tiburon, CA

made it interesting--with current scenarios

Thomas P.
Saint Paul, MN

Very Informative Thank you

Jayne W.
Denver, NC

great presentation- can be used in everyday practice!

Brian H.
Weston, CT

Very informative.

Chad S.
Los Altos, CA

Good presenter and informative presentation.

Erik G.
Grand Junction, CO

As in-house counsel, this program was excellent. Information in the course of immediately usable and practical. Loved it.

James R.
Alexandria, VA

Very good program. Presenter knew subject matter very well.

Matthew J. B.
Austin, TX

Appreciated the inclusion of social media issues.

Jason W.
Silver Spring, MD

Excellent content, really helpful.

Gregory N.
Cary, NC

good refresher even for experienced counsel. legend on notes excellenct idea

Elizabeth F.
Alexandria, VA

Great presentation

John P. D.
Spring, TX

Quite informative

Lisa O.
Quincy, IL

Great presentation.

David W.
Dallas, TX

Excellent course; knowledgable instructor.

Brenda W.
glenside, PA

Very good review.

Ryan A.
Carmichaels, PA

Very informative!

Rebekah D.
Dallas, TX

Thank you

Shawn G.
Wilsonville, OR

Thorough and practical presentation.

Matthew W.
Houston, TX

Excellent coverage of "Ethical Issues Associated with Internal Investigations"

Karla O.
Palmetto, FL

Very informative course.

Mark B.
Tampa, FL

Very good job in reminding us of some ethical minefields in the internal investigative process

John R.
Batavia, IL

Very Good.

Eric S.
Boulder, CO


Daniel H.
Bedford, NY

Good overview of an important topic.

Bridget B.
Lexington, KY

Very practical!

Lawrence R.
Long Beach, CA

This was a particularly good one!

Debbie K.
Miamisburg, OH

One of the better ones I've listened to. Thank you.

Melanie C.
Syracuse, NY

Overall good program.

Erin L.
Sugar Land, TX

Really helpful and engaging. Probably the most helpful course i've listened to since going in-house

Gerald M.
Plantation, FL

Good quality program and materials that were well presented.

Doris N.
Vernon Hills, IL

Good course, well-presented!

James F.
Stamford, CT

Helpful for in house attorney.

Thomas B.
Conroe, TX

Very useful presentation for all attorneys regardless of their area of practice.

james c.
Jersey City, NJ

Excellent discussion and very practical and informative. The presenter did a great job of explaining what to be aware of in this area.

Joseph M.
Waukegan, IL

Very interesting !

Judah S.
New City, NY

very helpful

Magin P.
Washington, DC

Good explanation of the case law.

Linda R.
Roslyn Heights, NY

Great Course! Speaker was easy to listen to and explained the law and cases well.

George S.
Indianapolis, IN

Important area of ethics and well done.

Michael W.
Orange, CT

Good discussion of privilege and protection

Julie H.
Charlotte, NC

Excellent presentation. Good information for anyone, not just attorneys, involved in internal investigations.

Thomas P.
Chicago, IL

Very informative

Leonice A.
Annapolis, MD


Thomas F.
Peconic, NY


Lourdes C.
Flemington, NJ

Excellent faculty and just the right amount. The last 5 minutes on use of social media was great and deserves a larger timeframe.

Thomas C.
Yardley, PA

excellent course

Richard G.
Vienna, VA

Knowledgeable and articulate presenter.

jon s.
Brownsville, TX

Good presentation. Thanks.

Walter T.
Charlotte, NC


Eric N.
New York, NY

I really liked this course. I find it very applicable in the in house context.

Stephen P.
Harrisonburg, VA

Written materials were excellent

Randall S.
Seattle, WA

excellent course, outstanding presentation

Paul K.
Fort Lee, NJ

all good

Christopher M.
Ramsey, NJ

The presenter was excellent and the materials were concise and right on point

Christopher J.
Ossining, NY

Very comprehensive and useful presentation.

John N.
Houston, TX

Basic information, well presented. Should be seen by every lawyer once a year----

Clayton H.
Corpus Christi, TX

Neverbefore heard the privileges sliced and diced this much. Very helpful

patrick g.
Garden City, NY

smart and effective presentation of relevant and useful information.

Richard M.
Cary, NC

Very relevant to my practice.

Tonya Y.
Westminster, CO

Nice working examples were provided.

Karen R.
Madison, CT

Social media info at end was particularly helpful

Adam F.
Miami Beach, FL

Very practical

Raymond L.
LIberrtyville, IL

good course

Nicolas G.
Coral Gables, FL

Very well organized presentation!

Andrietta W.
Chicago, IL

Very interesting and thorough presentation

Robert P.
Houston, TX

good balanced talk...just about the right amount of material

Melissa G.
Hartford, CT


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Dennis B.
Phoenix, AZ

great instructor. So clear and concise. Highly recommend him.

Stephen A.
Boca Raton, FL

Very good.

Keith N.
Houston, TX

Great course!

Randel Q.
Orangevale, CA

Excellent coverage and explanation of privileges and application of various rules concerning confidentiality and confidentiality.

Steven A.
Washington, DC

Nice job!

Karen P.
Houston, TX

This was an outstanding program.

Edward R.
Raleigh, NC

great presentation, clear good content.

John M.
Montross, VA

Very good presenter

Jackie H.
Lexington Park, MD

Outstanding discussion of ethical issues for attorneys working in-house or as outside counsel.

Beth C.
Waxhaw, NC

I liked his manner and how practically he presented the materials. Good stuff!

Jeffrey D.
Severn, MD

Thank you.

Denise Michelle D.

Covers a lot of ethics ground and also a helpful primer on ethical issues in representing a corporation in general.

Sarah B.
Topeka, KS

Very helpful.

David N. C.
Mount Arlington, NJ

Just the right amount of information, The presenter was not rushing through the materials. Just the right amount of practical advice to give some concrete fleshing out to the discussion.

Robert S.
Great Falls, VA

Excellent and thorough presentation.

Robert M.
Arlington, VA

Excellent Program! Must see for attorneys --especially in-house counsel doing internal investigations

Thomas D.
Washington, DC

Excellent, informative presentation!

Richard M.
Wexford, PA

he is very good

Greg D.
Saint Charles, MO

I have done internal investigations intermittently for years, and this presentation gave me multiple points to use to polish my process and forms as well as pointers to some specific, helpful authorities. It was well worth the time. Thank you.

Russell B.
Norfolk, VA

Mr. Fullerton was collegial and effective in his course presentation. Russell Brahm

William H.
Alexandria, VA

This course contains lots of of good information. It could be expanded to a longer length in order to provide more detail and explanation.

Morgan E. S.
Salem, VA

Good instructor

Catherine H.
Fort Worth, TX

thank you, presentation was helpful

Donna W.
Northbrook, IL

The speaker is well organized and informative.

john z.
Charlotte, NC

good course

Richard M.
Cumming, GA

Good presentation. Helpful information.

George N.
Arlington, VA

Excellent and thorough. Very well panned and delivered.

Robert W.
Royal Oak, MI

Well done

Robert C.
New York, NY

Good program

David H.
New York, NY

Good course.

William H.
Stony Brook, NY

Interesting review of internal investigations.

Richard K.
Niceville, FL

a must course

Barbara C.
Fort Myers, FL

Faculty was excellent

Daniel B.
Akron, OH

Good presenter

Montel G.
Chicago, IL

The attorney was very good and well versed in the topic area.

susan w.
Westport, CT

He was great! Explanations clear and straight to the point.

John R. M.
Villa Park,, IL

excellent coverage in 1 hr.

Matthew H.
Orchard Park, NY

The program was concise and comprehensive.

Lee G.
Keswick, VA

Crisp, clear, practical information and practice tips.

Shannon F.
Wilmette, IL

This was an excellent program

John A.
Evanston, IL


Michael P.
Palmdale, CA

This was very well thought out and impressive in scope.

Heather B.
Chicago, IL

Excellent content and presenter.

William B.
Sugar Land, TX

Speaker was obviously comfortable with the subject matter and extremely knowledgeable.

Michael G.
Willowbrook, IL

One of the most relevant and useful CLE's I have taken (certainly with respect to ethics).

Alan A.
Glenview, IL

Very well done with specifics on the rules and the fine points.

Hector V.
Austin, TX

Great course. The professor did an excellent job of teaching the material.

William L.
Seattle, WA

The social media nuances are an interesting wrinkle.

Steven B.
Chicago, IL

Great course. Very informative.

Rhonda M.
Cincinnati, OH

Very well done!

Bob H.
Chicago, IL

Excellent and useful presentation

John H.
Saint James, NY

excellent course

John K.

Excellent all around!

Josef K.
Roscoe, IL

good course. nice coverage of ethical considerations, as well as general employment​ law coverage.

Gary D.
Woodlawn, IL

Very insightful presentation. Impressed by the experience of the lecturer.

Angie M.
Houston, TX

This was a good topic. I learned a lot.

William G.
New Canaan, CT

This is an outstanding seminar. I would recommend it to all lawyers.

Kristyn K.
Geneva, IL

Great presentation. Very practical advice.

Francine A.
Gurnee, IL

Good information

Thomas C.
Albany, NY

Thank you.

Thomas J.
Northbrook, IL

Great presenter

Lawrence R. F.
mchenry, IL

effective presentation.

Robert M.
Woodbridge, VA

Very useful examples provided in the presentation.

Michael W.
New York, NY

Very informative

Rebecca J.
Chicago, IL

very useful

Edward C.
Manhattan, NY

Well presented and clearly explained.

Richard M.
Atlantic Highlands, NJ

very nice program thanks

Richard M.
Hamburg, NY

this was an outstanding program. strong content. Good presenter. Met and exceeded expectations.

Thomas L.
Middletown, DE

great job

James M.
Plano, TX

Very relevant and informative.

Barry G.
Springfield, VA

I enjoyed this presentation. It was informative, well supported by the materials, and thorough.

Timothy Q.
Los Angeles, CA

Good use of modern case law.

Gerard R.
Richmond, VA

Very interesting and well done.

Patricia B.
Dunedin, FL

excellent presenter and advice

Springfield, VA

Very tricky area, well presented & thoughtful

Ebenhaezer J. Lubbe L.
Waccabuc, NY

Very helpful information

Paul L.
Houston, TX

This topic was very to the point. Extremely informative.

Tom G.
Montgomery, TX

I found it useful touching on some areas concerning the investigating vs representing that I had not considered before.

William C.
Tallahassee, FL


Derek B.
Oakton, VA

Really excellent. Would like to see him teach an investigations best practices class.

Bruce B.
Richmond, VA

Good course

Princeton, WV

Good treatment of unusual subject

Gary M.
Chesterfield, VA

Excellent presenter!

Kathryn H.
Charlotte, NC

Thank you

Susan M. B.
Massapequa, NY

Extremely relevant material preseneted in well organized manner by learned speaker.

Jeffrey D. W.

Written materials were concise and thoughtful.

Judith Marie F.
Houston, TX

Very succinct, thorough discussion of issues about which every lawyer involved in internal corporate investigations should be aware.

George B.
New York, NY

Excellent presentation on what it is, and is not, Attorney-Client privileged.

Anthony V.
Avon, CT

practical advice

Stanley O.
East Northport, NY

Very well done. Good detail and examples for attorneys of varying experience and areas of practice

Kimberly W.
Emeryville, CA

Important topic. I will review updated versions.

John N.
El Paso, TX

Helpful distinctions between attorney-client privilege and work-product privilege and their ramifications.

Kathleen P.
Washington, DC

Well done.

Jill S.

Very good.

Mark C.
Forest Hills, NY


Lauren W.
Bronx, NY


Gilbert B.
San Antonio, LB

Good seminar.

LeeAnn P.
Charlotte, NC

This was one of the best CLE presentations I have experienced in years. The program was well organized and practical. The speaker provided helpful caselaw references, ethics rules citations and suggested wording for communications related to internal af

Thomas H.
Turlock, CA

Well done.

David M.
Flower Mound, TX

The attorney client privilege analysis was inciteful

Joris h.
New York, NY

Excellent presentation which is well organized, concise and clear.

Timothy P.
Dallas, TX

great materials

John A. M.
McLean, VA

Excellent, thorough, and well organized presentation by a highly knowledgeable presenter. Highly recommended!

Raymond D.
Consus, NY

Well Done

John R.
Charlottesville, VA

Great presentation.

Robert H.
Frisco, TX

very good

T. O.
Alexandria, VA

Excellent overview of and important subject.

Abrar Q.
Chicago, IL


Catherine T.
Huntington, NY

excellent and very informative presentation

Chukwuka O.
Houston, TX

Great Instructor!

Linda A.
Laguna Hills, CA

Presentation was very clear and concise

Leslie M.
Vienna, VA

Great course!

Jessica B.
Springfield, VA

Very concrete presentation. Thank you.

Michael K.
Alexandria, VA

One of the very best Lawline programs I have seen.

Richard S.
Winston-Salem, NC

Very good presentation!

Daniel B.
Lookout Mountain, TN

Very, very good instructor