The digital age has heightened public awareness of various employment law issues in recent years. From the #MeToo movement, to high-profile racial bias incidents, to Title VII protections for the LGBTQ+ community and more, these issues are thrusting many employment attorneys and their clients into the spotlight. Greater attention to such issues, however, often means increased scrutiny of employment lawyers’ ethical responsibilities.
Employment lawyers must navigate a wide range of ethics issues in their daily practices. Conversely, the litigation process frequently results in the issuance of formal ethics opinions by judges and state bar associations that determine the scope of the ethical rules within the context of employment law. By staying abreast of these formal opinions, employment litigators and in-house counsel can be fully prepared to provide their clients with the most effective legal solutions.
This course, presented by Michael J. Willemin, Partner at Wigdor LLP, offers insights from plaintiffs’ counsel on some common ways in which ethics issues arise when practicing employment law. The course will also provide tips for employment lawyers on how to identify and respond to potential ethical pitfalls during the course of litigation.
Michael J. Willemin is a Partner at Wigdor LLP, a prominent employment litigation firm based in New York. Mr. Willemin’s practice focuses on litigating labor and employment matters, including sexual harassment, race, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, disability and age discrimination, retaliation, defamation, family and medical leave, wage and hour, whistleblower and contract cases. Additionally, Mr. Willemin handles certain high-profile personal injury cases, including wrongful death. He is experienced in representing a wide variety of individuals and corporate clients in both state and federal court, as well as in arbitration. Mr. Willemin has represented clients from a wide variety of professions, including the financial services industry, media and entertainment industry, restaurant and hospitality industry, and corporate entities. He was selected as a Law360 Employment Rising Star for 2018, and has been named a Super Lawyers Rising Star honoree for the past five years (2014-2018). Mr. Willemin earned his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in 2011 and his B.A. in Political Science from Providence College in 2008. Mr. Willemin is admitted to practice law in both New York and Massachusetts, as well as the Southern District of New York and Eastern District of New York.
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