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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.

Professional Experience:
2012 to date: Of Counsel – Risk Americas, Linklaters, New York
2003 - 2012:  Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US LLP, New York
1999 - 2003: Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US LLP, Washington, DC
1998 - 1999: Of Counsel, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US LLP, Washington, DC
1995 - 1998: Principal Counsel, International Finance Corporation, Washington, DC
1992 - 1995: Partner, Torys LLP, Toronto, Canada
1990 - 1991: Foreign Associate, Freehills, Sydney, Australia
1988 - 1992: Associate, Torys LLP, Toronto, Canada
1985 - 1988: Associate, McMillan LLP, Toronto, Canada

1992: The University of Sydney, LL.M.
1985:  Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, J.D.

Member of the New York Bar, Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales, Barrister and Solicitor of the Law Society of Upper Canada

James Q. Walker concentrates in government investigations, complex commercial litigation, professional liability and legal ethics.  Mr. Walker represents companies and senior executives in federal and state criminal and civil investigations of potential violations of the securities laws and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.  He represents law firms and lawyers in government and internal investigations of potential criminal, regulatory and/or professional misconduct, and in related criminal and civil litigation and regulatory proceedings. 

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.  He has drafted numerous ethics opinions and reports on ethics issues.  Mr. Walker is a frequent lecturer on legal ethics, internal investigations and corporate governance, and has written articles on attorney-client privilege, professional ethics, internal investigations, 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.

 Bar Admissions

New York


J.D., Fordham University School of Law, 2003

B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 2000

Ms. Paradise is General Counsel of White & Case LLP. As such, she advises the Firm's lawyers on issues relating to professional responsibility, serves as the Firm's Employment Counsel, 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 is a current member of the Committee on Professional Responsibility of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and is a Coordinating Committee Member of the American Bar Association’s Firm Counsel Connect. She frequently lectures on issues pertaining to professional responsibility.

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.