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The Law and Ethics of NewLaw

Speaker(s): Allison Martin Rhodes, Alyx Pattison, Arthur Lachman, Bruce E. H. Johnson, Chas Rampenthal, Christopher A. Mixon, Donald E. Bradley, Donald Moody, Gabriel Miller, Joshua King, Kevin Chern, Ronald C. Minkoff, Tim Stanley, William D. Henderson
Recorded on: Oct. 30, 2019
PLI Program #: 284854

Ronald C. Minkoff is the head of the Professional Responsibility Group at Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, PC and one of New York State’s leading practitioners in the field of attorney ethics and professional responsibility.  In addition to representing businesses and individuals in commercial litigation, Mr. Minkoff represents attorneys in partnership disputes, disciplinary cases, and legal malpractice actions.  Mr. Minkoff is a member of the Executive Committees of the New York State Bar Association and the New York County Lawyers’ Association, a member of the Committee on Standards of Attorney Conduct of the New York State Bar Association, which helped draft and continues to revise the New York Rules of Professional Conduct, a member of the Policy Implementation of the ABA Center on Professional Responsibility, and a past President of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers.  He has taught as an Adjunct Professor of Professional Responsibility at Columbia University School of Law, New York University School of Law, Fordham University School of Law, Cardozo School of Law and Brooklyn Law School. He has served as the editor of the New York Legal Ethics Reporter, and has written extensively for that and other publications on all aspects of the “law of lawyering.”

Allison Martin Rhodes is a partner in Holland & Knight's Portland and Los Angeles offices, where she focuses her practice in legal ethics and risk management, law firm management and attorney disciplinary defense. Ms. Rhodes advises both law firms and lawyers in matters involving lawyer mobility, partnership and corporate structuring, lawyer dissociation and lateral hiring. In addition, she litigates law firm dissolution, fiduciary duty and lawyer separations.

Ms. Rhodes is a co-author, together with Ron Mallen, of the leading treatise Legal Malpractice. Ms. Rhodes’ contribution to the treatise focuses on legal ethics, risk management, fiduciary duty and conflicts of interests. 

Ms. Rhodes also contributes to Professor Robert Hillman's leading treatise Lawyer Mobility, the Law and Ethics Partner Withdrawals and Law Firm Breakups.

Ms. Rhodes is also an adjunct professor at Lewis & Clark Law School, where she teaches legal ethics with Holland & Knight Partner David Elkanich.

Previously, Ms. Rhodes was a deputy district attorney with the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office, where she was assigned to the Gang Crimes Unit with liaison responsibilities for both the Portland and Gresham police departments.

Alyx Pattison has an extensive background in both law and politics, with over a decade of experience as a litigator. Before joining Burford, she was the Founder and President of a political consulting business with a focus on providing legal advice and compliance for congressional campaigns. Prior to this, Ms. Pattison was a Partner in the litigation departments of AmLaw 100 firms, Akerman LLP and Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, with a focus on defense of publicly traded companies in securities class actions, M&A litigation and shareholder derivative suits. Ms. Pattison has been actively involved with Women’s Leadership and Diversity Committees.

Ms. Pattison graduated from the University of Utah and holds a Juris Doctor from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law.

Arthur J. Lachman practices in Seattle, Washington, focusing on legal ethics, professional liability, and law firm risk management issues. A 1989 graduate of the University of Washington School of Law, he clerked on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, has practiced as a commercial litigation attorney, and has taught civil litigation and ethics subjects at both Puget Sound area law schools. Art has served as President of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL) and chair of the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility’s National Conference Planning Committee. He is currently Co-Chair of APRL’s Future of Lawyering Committee, a comprehensive effort to propose reforms designed to bring lawyer ethics rules governing the regulation of the legal profession into the 21st Century. He is co-author of The Law of Lawyering in Washington, published by the Washington State Bar Association, and served as chair of the WSBA Rules of Professional Conduct Committee from 2008 to 2010. He holds bachelor’s and graduate degrees in accounting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Chas Rampenthal has been LegalZoom’s General Counsel since 2003, managing the Company’s legal functions, including corporate transactions, litigation and regulatory matters, intellectual property, government relations, ethics and compliance. He also serves as the President of Pulse, the company’s Alternative Business Structure in the UK. As an outspoken advocate of transformation in the legal industry, Chas encourages greater legal access through technology and new business models. During his time at LegalZoom, Chas wrote a regular column for Inc. Magazine Online, and co-hosted Legally Bound – a call-in Los Angeles talk radio program. Prior to joining LegalZoom, Chas worked with a wide variety of technology and emerging companies to help them manage transactions such as venture capital financing, mergers, acquisitions and initial public offerings. Chas is a member of the CA and MA bars, and is qualified as a solicitor and President of LegalZoom’s Alternative Business Structure subsidiary in the U.K. Chas earned his bachelor’s degree in economics and math studies summa cum laude from Southern Illinois University and his JD from the University of Southern California. Prior to his legal career, Chas served honorably in the United States Navy as an officer and naval aviator.

Christopher Mixon has been with international labor & employment boutique firm Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., since 2003, following his earlier service in a judicial clerkship after graduation from the Emory University School of Law.   Mr. Mixon served as an associate and then as a shareholder in the Firm’s Birmingham, Alabama office, where he was a litigator and advisor representing employers in a broad array of employment-related matters.

As Ogletree Deakins expanded from a regional firm based in the Southeast to one with a national footprint, the Firm’s Board of Directors identified a need to designate a shareholder to serve in a full-time capacity as the Firm’s own in-house counsel.  Mr. Mixon was appointed to that role.  He currently serves as the Firm’s General Counsel, based in its office in Nashville, Tennessee.

As General Counsel to the Firm, Mr. Mixon is its chief legal officer responsible for ethics and professional-responsibility issues, risk-management initiatives, professional-liability matters, corporate structuring, regulatory compliance across the Firm’s six national jurisdictions, managing outside litigation, and related matters.  Mr. Mixon is Chair of the Firm’s Ethics Committee and serves in an ex-officio capacity on the Firm’s Board of Directors.

Mr. Mixon has served as Vice President of the Board of Directors of a non-profit United Way agency that provides reading intervention for elementary school students in high-needs schools.  He also served on the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama Roundtable, in the Alabama Leadership Initiative, and as Co-Chairman of the Alabama State Bar’s Leadership Forum program.  Mr. Mixon was selected as one of the Birmingham Business Journal’s “Top 40 under 40” in 2010.  He is the proud father of Eleanor (10) and Andrew (7), and husband of Dr. Amanda Mixon, a physician-scientist in the Vanderbilt University Department of Medicine.

Don Moody is a partner in the Nashville office of Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP where his legal practice focuses on complex mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures primarily within the healthcare industry. Don works extensively with private equity investors, venture capital firms and other healthcare investors in transactional matters involving dental support organizations and dental groups, vision, dermatology, urology, women’s health, GI, urgent care, surgery centers, revenue cycle management, healthcare IT, prison health and surgical assistants. Don is recognized by Chambers USA and Best Lawyers for his experience, and he was named one of “The 32 Most Influential People in Dentistry," by Incisal Edge magazine. Don earned his J.D., summa cum laude, from the University of Alabama School of Law, and he holds an M.B.A. from Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Business. Don received his B.S., magna cum laude, from the University of North Alabama.

Donald Bradley serves as chief legal officer at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. He has been with the firm for more than 25 years and currently serves on the board of directors and Policy Committee.

As chief legal officer, Don is responsible for advising the firm concerning ethical and other legal aspects of its practice and other related matters, including the functions of the WSGR Foundation and the activities of the WS Investment Company. In addition, he serves as the chairman and chief executive officer of Attorneys Insurance Mutual Risk Retention Group, a mutual insurance company through which his firm and approximately 20 other medium to large law firms in California secure professional liability insurance.

Earlier in his career, Don was the chair of the firm's tax practice and specialized in the tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, investment funds, and related matters. Before joining the firm in 1984, Don was a partner at Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro in San Francisco.

Gabriel Miller has over 30 years of experience as a General Counsel and business leader helping companies grow.  Especially those that want to disrupt the legal industry.  He has worked in industries ranging from legal and financial services to media and marketing, for companies ranging from start-ups to Fortune 50 subsidiaries. Gabe is currently the General Counsel of Bond Sanchez-Gordon LLP and Founder of NTA Legal Ventures.  Bond Sanchez-Gordon is a multi-state personal injury law firm, based in California, but with operations in Washington, Illinois, Texas, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Wisconsin and plans to continue its growth throughout the rest of the country.  Gabe is also the Founder of NTA Legal Ventures, a consulting and investment firm focused on legal marketing, technology and operations.  Prior to joining BSG, Gabe was the founder, CEO & General Counsel of Advocates United.  At one time, the largest firm of high-quality trial lawyers in the country, with over 400 attorneys and 100 offices located across 39 states, built under a unique “firm of firms” business model.   Prior to Advocates United, Gabe was the General Counsel for Sokolove Law and d50 Media, where he served as their first General Counsel, and helped develop Sokolove into a national law firm with offices across the U.S. He also helped build D50 Media, originally spun off from Sokolove Law, into a leading acquisition-marketing agency specializing in integrated online and offline advertising campaigns. Prior to Sokolove Law and d50 Media Gabe was the first General Counsel for Captivate Network, a media company that grew to reach over 2 million viewers each day, until its successful sale to Gannett. Prior to that, he was the General Counsel for Fleet Real Estate Capital, a multi-billion-dollar commercial loan originator and servicer and Senior Vice President and Senior Counsel at Fleet Bank, responsible for real estate issues involving several thousand domestic and international facilities. Gabe started his career as a commercial litigator.

Gabe has for many years served as Advisory Board member for the Legal Sales and Service Organization, been a frequent speaker on the industry conference circuit and has trained thousands of lawyers and business development specialists in legal marketing, sales, and service. He is a member of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers and is considered one of the leading practitioners in the areas of national law firm structuring, ethics and advertising. Gabe was also a contributing author to Successful Partnering Between Inside and Outside Counsel published by Thomson West.

Gabe has a JD from the University of Connecticut School of Law and a BS from the University of Connecticut Honors Scholars Program.

Josh King is General Counsel for RealSelf, the web's leading resource for consumers researching aesthetic procedures and the doctors who perform them. Prior to joining RealSelf, Josh served as Chief Legal Officer at Avvo, helping the company grow from tiny startup to legal industry leader. Before Avvo he spent over a decade in the wireless industry, in a mix of legal and non-legal roles including Vice President, Corporate Development at AT&T Wireless and General Counsel at Cellular One of San Francisco. Josh regularly speaks and writes on issues relating to digital media, communications, and professional ethics. He is a graduate of the University of California Hastings College of the Law and the University of Oregon.

Kevin Chern founded Sanguine Strategic Advisors after 25 years of building businesses while navigating some of the most complex paths to success, to lend his insight and experience to other serial entrepreneurs, small business owners and folks in need of a roll-up-your-sleeves innovator, deal maker and doer.   Among his many pursuits:

Kevin is the founder and former Managing Partner of UpRight Law, the largest consumer bankruptcy law firm in the U.S., based in Chicago, built from the ground up starting in 2014.  He founded and led UpRight in its mission to improve people's lives by providing the highest quality services, most effective legal strategies and world class customer service. He leveraged systems, technology, operations and the intense subject matter expertise of local bankruptcy practitioners to build America's premier virtual consumer law firm, allowing consumers to interact with their lawyer online.  The firm successfully represented over 30,000 clients during his tenure as Managing Partner.

Previously, Kevin is a co-founder and former President of Total Attorneys, the pioneer of lead generation in the legal industry.  In his capacity as President, he was a marketing, technology, business development and law firm management consultant to 1100+ law firms nationwide and successfully fought regulatory battles across the country to legitimize lead generation in the legal industry.  

Kevin has architected five comprehensive law office CRMs and dozens of legal websites, is an expert in law practice development, having created practices in bankruptcy, consumer protection litigation, bankruptcy litigation, class action litigation, lemon law, personal injury, workers compensation and DUI.

He is a leader in the digital marketing space and is a consummate deal maker.  He was named an inaugural member of the Fastcase 50, as one of the country's smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries, & leaders in the legal space.  Kevin is also an inductee in The Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame and his companies have twice been on the Inc. 500 list of fastest growing private companies in America.

Kevin has built numerous other businesses over the last 25 years and is passionate about entrepreneurship and mentoring other lawyers and business professionals.

Professor William Henderson is on the faculty at Indiana University Maurer School of Law, where he holds the Stephen F. Burns Chair on the Legal Profession. His research focuses primarily on the empirical analysis of the legal profession and has appeared in leading legal journals, including the Stanford Law Review, the Michigan Law Review, and the Texas Law Review.  Professor Henderson regularly publishes articles in The American Lawyer, The ABA Journal, and The National Law Journal.  His observations on the legal market are also frequently quoted in the mainstream press, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Atlantic Monthly, The Economist, and National Public Radio.

Based on his research and public speaking, Professor Henderson was included on the National Law Journal’s list of The 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America (complied every ten years).  In 2015 and 2016, he was named the Most Influential Person in Legal Education by The National Jurist magazine.

In addition to his research and teaching, Professor Henderson has participated in several legal innovation initiatives:

  • 2018 to present: Co-founder of the Institute for the Future of Law Practice (IFLP, “i-flip”), a nonprofit that designs and delivers curricula and training for T-shaped legal professions (i.e., law combined with data, process, technology, design principles, and business).
  • 2017 to present: Founder and editor of Legal Evolution, an online applied research publication focused on successful legal industry innovation.
  • 2010-2016: Co-founder of Lawyer Metrics, an applied research company that helps lawyers and law firms use data to make better operational and strategic decisions. Lawyer Metrics (now LawyerMetrix) was acquired by AccessLex Institute in 2015.


Bruce Johnson, a veteran litigator, represents information industry clients on issues involving media and communications law as well as technology and intellectual property matters. His expertise includes advising on First Amendment law issues, particularly involving commercial speech, commercial transactions and consumer rights. The author of Washington’s Reporter’s Shield Law enacted in 2007, Washington’s Uniform Correction or Clarification of Defamation Act enacted in 2013, and Washington’s version of the Uniform Public Expression Protection Act enacted in 2021, Bruce represents clients in Internet related litigation and liabilities. He also represents national clients in privacy and security matters, advertising liability risks, defamation and Internet and online liability cases. He is the co-author of "Advertising and Commercial Speech, A First Amendment Guide" (2nd Edition), published by the Practising Law Institute, New York. In addition, Bruce regularly represents lawyers, law firms, and other parties in connection with legal malpractice claims, has spoken on the topic of lawyer liability and professional responsibility on many occasions, and currently serves as the co-chair of the firm’s Quality Assurance Committee.

Tim Stanley
Chief Executive Officer

Tim is a computer programmer, lawyer and CEO of Justia. Prior to starting Justia, he co-founded FindLaw and served as FindLaw's CEO and Chairman. He is on the Board of Directors of Nolo and American Legal Net, and is on the Board of Trustees of He is a member of the State Bar of California and was previously on the Executive Committee of the State Bar's Law Practice Management and Technology Section. He is also a member of the American Association for Justice, American Bar Association, American Civil Liberties Union, Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Tim has a BS & MS from Stanford University and a JD from the University of Michigan Law School