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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 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. Ellen has been recognized in Legal 500 and the IFLR as a leading structured finance lawyer. She is a past member of the New York City Bar Committee on Professional Responsibility and is a regular speaker at events.


James Walker concentrates in government investigations and enforcement proceedings, complex commercial litigation, professional liability and legal ethics.  Mr. Walker represents companies and senior executives in investigations of potential violations of the securities laws, and law firms and lawyers in litigations and proceedings involving investigations of criminal, regulatory and/or professional misconduct claims.  Mr. Walker is the Chair of the New York County Lawyer’s Association Professional Ethics Committee.  He has served on the New York City Bar’s Professional Discipline, Professional and Judicial Ethics, Professional Responsibility, and Securities Regulation Committees, and on the New York State Bar Association Committee on Professional Ethics, where he has been a member since 1996.  Mr. Walker frequently lecturers on legal ethics, internal investigations and corporate governance, and has published articles addressing on attorney-client privilege, professional ethics, and issues arising under the securities laws.  Mr. Walker also serves as General Counsel to Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP.


Julie Turner is a firm counsel in Skadden’s Office of the General Counsel. Her practice focuses on handling professional responsibility and risk management matters for the firm. Ms. Turner advises the firm’s lawyers and personnel on issues involving ethics, firm policies, conflicts, hiring, internal controls and compliance.

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 board of The Legal Aid Society’s New Leadership Program and she received the 2009 Commitment to Justice Award from inMotion for her pro bono work. Additionally, she is a member of the Professional Responsibility Committee of the New York City Bar Association.


Ms. 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.