This program, presented by Frank Wohl and Gabrielle Friedman of Lankler Siffert & Wohl LLP, will explore ethical duties and responsibilities of attorneys in typical corporate internal and law enforcement investigations involving public and private companies and other collective entities. The program will focus on strategies for accomplishing client objectives while recognizing and avoiding ethical risks posed by potential conflicts of interest and protecting client information and privileges. The course will also discuss ethical issues implicated in investigative methods and defense strategies. These issues will be discussed from perspectives of investigating counsel, counsel for the entity, counsel for individuals, and government counsel.
Gabi represents the U.S. and international clients in matters ranging from cross-border criminal investigations and prosecutions to complex civil and regulatory matters, often with an international dimension. She has obtained favorable results for clients in a wide variety of matters raising issues including corporate and securities fraud, accounting fraud, criminal antitrust law, contract disputes, entertainment and art law, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Gabi has significant experience in internal corporate investigations, having represented witnesses and individuals accused of misconduct, as well as having conducted investigations on behalf of corporate clients.
Gabi’s practice has a strong focus on pre-indictment advocacy, and in many cases, her clients avoid charges altogether. Gabi also represents lawyers facing alleged ethics violations or other forms of potential professional misconduct. Gabi has represented clients at trial, in investigations, and in the complex strategic negotiations that accompany a non-litigated resolution of criminal or regulatory charges. She has experience with extradition proceedings in foreign jurisdictions and has represented clients facing parallel investigations in more than one country. A fluent German speaker who has lived and worked in Germany, Gabi brings a firsthand understanding of European cultural norms and business practices to her work.
Earlier in her career, Gabi was a litigation associate at an international law firm, served as a law clerk to the Honorable Gerard E. Lynch in the S.D.N.Y. More recently, she served as a member of the Ethics Committee of the New York City Bar Association.
Called “the best in class” by Chambers USA, Frank is a litigator who represents individuals and entities in complex civil litigation, regulatory enforcement, and white-collar criminal matters. His clients include a wide range of for-profit and nonprofit entities, including financial institutions, public and private corporations, law firms, universities, and hospitals. Frank has
also represented a broad spectrum of individuals, from business executives to financial market participants, lawyers, accountants, art dealers, and other professionals.
Frank has devoted a substantial portion of his practice to attorney ethics matters, defending and advising lawyers and law firms and appearing as an expert witness. He has also served as a member of the Departmental Disciplinary Committee of the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department; the Attorney Grievance Committee of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, and the Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committees of the New York City Bar Association. Frank has chaired over twelve New York City Bar Association programs on topics related to ethical and strategic issues in corporate investigations.
Early in his career, Frank served in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, where he was appointed Assistant Chief of the Criminal Division and subsequently Chief of the Civil Division. More recently, he served as the President of the Federal Bar Council.
Good, clear practical presentation.
Very well done. Quite thought provoking.
Good coverage of the topic