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Ethical & Professional Responsibility Traps Waiting for Corporate Counsel

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Produced on December 10, 2019

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Course Information

Time 1h 3m
Difficulty Beginner
Topics covered in this course: Ethics Business, Corporate, & Securities

Course Description

In-house lawyers face some of the most complex and challenging ethical issues that exist, and often there are no clear or definitive answers on how to address them. This program, taught by C. Evan Stewart, a Senior Partner at Cohen & Gresser LLP, will discuss a broad array of these ethical issues, how to identify them early on, and what practical steps can be taken to avoid these ethical potholes. 

Mr. Stewart is also a visiting professor at Cornell University and an adjunct professor at Fordham Law School. He has been a regular contributing columnist for the New York Law Journal since 1990 and the New York Business Law Journal since 2006, has published over 300 articles on diverse legal subjects, and is frequently featured in the national media and regularly speaks across the country on securities, professional responsibility, and complex litigation issues. In 2016, Mr. Stewart was awarded the Stanford D. Levy Award from the New York State Bar Association’s Ethics Committee for his contribution to the field of legal ethics.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand client confidentiality obligations and the liability traps that exist
  2. Discuss whistleblower rights (if any)
  3. Avoid liability issues facing lawyers, especially given the recent Supreme Court Lorenzo decision
  4. Minimize conflicts of interest and risks to in-house counsel
  5. Assess multiple representation traps that exist
  6. Appreciate the dangers of documents
  7. Discover how not to conduct an internal investigation
  8. Identify the numerous multi-jurisidictional traps that exist, both here and abroad

Credit Information

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C. Evan Stewart

Cohen & Gresser LLP

Mr. Stewart’s practice principally focuses on the financial services industry, handling litigation matters for domestic and international clients before federal and state trial and appellate courts, in arbitration forums, as well as before the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation and the U.S. Supreme Court. He advises clients on a range of complex commercial matters, including antitrust, bankruptcy, class action defense, ethics, intellectual property, internal investigations, securities litigation, and tax controversies.

Mr. Stewart was featured by the New York Law Journal in the “Top Trials of 2005” for his successful representation of Theodore Sihpol, the first person in U.S. history to be criminally charged for “late trading” mutual funds. More recently, Mr. Stewart successfully represented Gary Prince against the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. In May of 2013, after a three week bench trial in federal court, the judge dismissed all six charges of securities fraud against Mr. Prince.

With substantial experience in the financial services industry, Mr. Stewart served twelve years as Executive Vice President and General Counsel for The Nikko Securities Co. International Inc., as well as a director of Nikko Financial Services Inc. Additionally, Mr. Stewart served as First Vice President, Associate General Counsel, and Head of Litigation at E.F. Hutton & Company Inc. Since 2003, Mr. Stewart has been tasked by Goldman, Sachs & Co. to be responsible for, among other things, overseeing and litigating all of the disputes arising out of the company’s Private Wealth Management Division.

Recognized as a Super Lawyer for Securities Litigation since 2009, Mr. Stewart has also been hailed as a "Local Litigation Star" by Benchmark Litigation since 2010. In 2016, Mr. Stewart received theStanford D Levy Award from the New York State Bar Association's Ethics Committee for having "significantly contributed to an understanding of professional ethics by the publication of an article, commentary or a series of articles or commentaries on the subject". In 2008, he received the Modaq Content Award for writing the most popular article in the United States. Since 1980, Mr. Stewart has been AV(R) Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

Mr. Stewart is a visiting professor at Cornell University and an adjunct law professor at Fordham Law School. He has been a regularly contributing columnist for the New York Law Journal since 1990 and has published over 200 articles on diverse legal subjects; he is also frequently featured in the national media and regularly speaks across the country on securities, professional responsibility, and complex litigation issues.


Stephen N.

Presenters decision criticism was interesting

Matthew T.

A lot on the SEC but that is probably helpful to more lawyers

Alice K.

Very thorough and detailed.

Aurora H.

Not a particular area of interest for me, but I was very very impressed with how much the presenter knew his stuff!! Made me excited for a not so exciting topic

Michael B.

very good.

Theodore H.


Hirobumi A.

As a corporate counsel, the information in the lecture is relevant and useful to me.

Brenton M.

Informative CLE.

John B.

Good course. Very informative. Thanks

Patrick B.

This course presented a lot of useful information that I will use in my practice. It was one of the most practical lawline courses I've taken.

Richard W.

Exceptional program and very impressive presenter.

Catherine J.

first time I have found a course useful - presenter tried to cover too much and didn't do a good job. Disliked how he kept saying court decisions were wrong, but not what to do about it.

Michael J D.

Among the very best of the best. Easily broken-up into 6 or more parts. Extremely important and excellent, superb presentation. Gripping, sensational. Attorney C. Evan Stewart is excellent; looking for more from him. The best.

Bikash R.

One of the top CLE courses I have taken. As an aside it's my personal opinion that in-house counsel are 9 out of 10 times scum and should be presumed to lack privilege unless there is a showing that they retained professional independence even though they were in-house. Michael Cohen isn't the only one ...

Gregory T.

Presenter very knowledgeable, but the key points and elements were not always clearly presented.

MIchael G.

One of the best courses I’ve taken. Excellent presentation.

Farng-Yeong F.

Excellent presentation and intriguing discussion of current issues.

Lydia C.

Good info

Brian I.

This was perfect. Exactly the type of content I'd expect for an ethics presentation.

Maxwell Z.

Good presentation style.

Teresa V.

Great course! Very informative!

Mary I.

This was probably the best CLE I've ever taken. Very unique (and fresh) material, great for attorneys who work for broker/dealers -- I especially liked the discussion about attorneys who create disclosure documents based on information passed onto them from their clients. I know I will come back to this class again.

Stephen W.

Mr. Stewart is a pleasure. One of the most surprisingly interesting courses I've viewed at LawLine.

Linda H.

Great speaker

Kathryn D.

Great presentation. Interesting topic, which helps, but very knowledgeable speaker.

Jessica E.

This is one I would watch again. The speaker covered a lot of very important ethical material.

David H.

Scary stuff.

Christopher C.

This was a very interesting discussion of major professional responsibility issues that come up in representing corporate clients, with some perceptive insights by the presenter on significant court cases.

Michael H.

Excellent course. Presenter obviously very knowledgeable. More courses from him please.

Paula M.

Excellent content. Best presentation I've seen on Lawlilne

Robert F.


Michael M.


Russell A.

very good class, informative

Stewart S.


Joseph B.

Very informative

Pamela S.

Really liked when our host got animated about his content rather than just reading from his prepared materials. So much more energy! Subject would be enlivened by more examples from his own practice. Thanks for the great content.

Judy S.

Very informative learning opportunity

jonathan j.

Very informative

Mike B.

Thank you.

Regina M.

Very good speakers. Great examples.

Jerome N.

Very practical and bold in sharing his views of certain court decisions.

Joseph F.

Excellent course.

Dwight B.


Chantal J.

Quite useful and informative.

John C.

This was a very sophisticated discussion and I learned significant information I was not previously aware of

Sean Paul O.

This was a useful update to an earlier version, with enough new information to be considered an entirely fresh presentation.

Daniel H.

Excellent program, speaker was very effective. Made me wonder if the cases discussed were really as wrongheaded as he reported.

Farah Lisa W.

Great presenter. Truly knowledgable on the case law and understood and could explain the issues. Spoke the perfect speed, for comprehension/processing the information in real time. Especially considering that on the live broadcast one can't rewind.

James H.

great presentation

angela v.

thanks for reminding me aba model rules are not common law!

John H.

very good insight on attorney-client privilege issues and multiple representations

Jennifer S.

I liked his personal knowledge of the subject. The examples provided were quite helpful

Paul S.

Excellent presentation

Melissa L.

Very informative

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