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Ethics and Conflicts of Interest in Law Practice 2018


Speaker(s): Ellen L. Hayes, James Q. Walker, Jennifer A. Paradise, Julie A. Turner
Recorded on: Aug. 7, 2018
PLI Program #: 219756

Ellen Hayes is a seasoned finance lawyer with 20+ years of experience as a partner at two top tier international law firms. She currently leads a team in New York responsible for advising Linklaters LLP on risk management issues related to the Americas and U.S. lawyers worldwide, including professional responsibility issues. She has diverse experience leading multi-lawyer teams in complex and sophisticated transactions, including for leading international investment banks. Prior to joining Linklaters LLP Ellen was a partner in Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US LLP’s New York office.  Earlier in her career she was Principal Counsel at International Finance Corporation and a partner at the Toronto law firm Torys LLP. Ellen has been recognized in Legal 500 and the IFLR as a leading structured finance lawyer. Ellen is qualified in New York, England & Wales and Ontario, Canada. She is a past member of the New York City Bar Committee on Professional Responsibility and is a regular speaker on ethics and legal opinions issues.


James Walker is a partner in the New York office of Perkins Coie LLP, where he also serves as that office’s Loss Prevention Partner.  He concentrates in government investigations and professional liability. Mr. Walker represents companies and senior executives in government investigations, civil litigation, and employment matters, and defends law firms and lawyers in malpractice claims, disqualification motions and professional conduct advice. Mr. Walker Chairs the New York County Lawyer’s Association Committee on Professional Ethics, is on the Editorial Board of the ABA/BNA Lawyers’ Manual on Professional Conduct and Law360’s Legal Ethics Editorial Advisory Board, and is a member of the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Standards of Attorney Conduct (COSAC) and Committee on Professional Ethics. He also serves on the New York City Bar’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee. Mr. Walker frequently lectures and publishes on topics that include internal investigations, technology and legal practice, and professional liability. He received his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1990 and B.S. in Applied Math from Yale College in 1985. 


Jennifer Paradise is General Counsel of White & Case LLP. As such, she advises the Firm's lawyers on issues relating to professional responsibility, manages the Firm’s Compliance and New Business Teams, and is a member of the Firm's Global Risk Management Committee.

Prior to joining White & Case, Ms. Paradise practiced in the litigation department at another leading firm where she litigated matters on behalf of financial service and communications industry clients.

Ms. Paradise is a former member of the American Bar Association's Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility and of the Committee on Professional Responsibility of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. She frequently lectures on issues pertaining to professional responsibility and teaches Ethics and Professionalism at Fordham Law School.

Ms. Paradise is a graduate of Columbia Law School where she was an Editor of the Columbia Law Review and a Stone and Kent Scholar. Ms. Paradise clerked for the Honorable Nina Gershon, United States District Court Judge for the Eastern District of New York from 2002-2003.


Ms. Turner advises the firm and its lawyers and personnel on issues involving ethics, firm policies, conflicts, hiring, internal controls, compliance and litigation.

Prior to serving in this role, Ms. Turner practiced in Skadden’s Government Enforcement and White Collar Crime Group, where she conducted internal corporate investigations, advised corporate clients on compliance issues, and represented individual and corporate clients in federal and state criminal and regulatory matters, including those brought by the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and state attorneys general.

Ms. Turner serves on the boards of The National Center for Access to Justice and The Legal Aid Society’s New Leadership Program. Additionally, she received the 2009 Commitment to Justice Award from inMotion for her pro bono work.