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The Ethics Game Show 2019: A Review of Ethical Issues


Speaker(s): Cristina R. Yannucci, Katie M. Lachter, Tyler Maulsby, William D. McCracken
Recorded on: Jun. 26, 2019
PLI Program #: 249566

Katie Lachter is the Firm’s associate general counsel. Based in the New York office, Katie counsels the Firm’s lawyers on matters of professional responsibility and cross-jurisdictional and compliance issues in support of the Firm’s commitment to excellent client service.

Katie is also a member of the Law Firm Practice Group and advises lawyers, law firms and in-house legal departments on risk management and the laws and regulations governing lawyers.

Katie is a frequent writer and speaker on issues relating to legal ethics. She is a lecturer-in-law at Columbia Law School, where she teaches professional responsibility. She is also on the faculty of the Practising Law Institute and Lawline.com. She co-authored Risk Management Survival Tools for Law Firms, third edition, published by the ABA Law Practice Division in 2016. She is also the co-author of a chapter entitled "The Practical Case for Civility," in Essential Qualities of the Professional Lawyer, published by the ABA Standing Committee on Professionalism in 2013, and has co-authored numerous articles on ethics and professional responsibility for the New York Law Journal and Bloomberg Law Reports. Katie is a past secretary of the New York City Bar Association Committee on Professional Ethics and a current member of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, the New York Women’s Bar Association Ethics Committee, and the New York State Committee on Standards of Attorney Conduct.

Katie was named a 2012 Distinguished Legal Writing Award winner by the Burton Awards for Legal Achievement. She was also the recipient of the Legal Aid Society’s 2009 Pro Bono Publico award. Katie was designated a "Rising Star" in Super Lawyers’ New York Metro edition in 2014, and named a "Super Lawyer" in the 2015 edition.


Tyler Maulsby is an associate in the Litigation, Legal Ethics & Professional Responsibility, and Securities Fraud & White Collar Defense practice groups.

Mr. Maulsby represents individuals and entities in a wide range of industries including law, media, entertainment, technology, fashion, and education, non-profit, and government.

In his legal ethics and professional responsibility practice, Mr. Maulsby represents lawyers and law firms in litigation and counseling matters. Representative matters include: defending a national law firm in a multi-million dollar legal malpractice lawsuit; successfully defending a law firm in a motion to disqualify based on a conflict of interest in a complex federal litigation; representing lawyers and law firms in numerous fee disputes; securing a dismissal of sanctions against a lawyer in a federal class-action litigation; representing lawyers and law students in disciplinary and admissions proceedings; advising lawyers seeking to change firms or form a new firm; and providing ongoing legal ethics and risk management advice to lawyers and law firms.

Mr. Maulsby also represents clients in commercial and criminal litigation matters in state and federal courts. His recent experience includes: representing a large media company in an investigation by the United States Department of Justice; assisting several companies in their investigation and response to allegations of sexual assault and harassment; representing individuals in partnership disputes, dissolution proceedings and related business disputes; representing lawyers and law students in disciplinary and admissions proceedings; and securing favorable outcomes for several high-profile individuals facing criminal charges and related civil allegations.

Mr. Maulsby currently serves as Secretary of the Committee on Professional Ethics of the New York City Bar Association and is a member of the board of directors of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers. He is also a member of the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He frequently writes and lectures on New York legal ethics issues.

He is a graduate of NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study (BA) and Tulane Law School (JD). Mr. Maulsby is admitted to practice in New York state courts and federal courts in the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. He was admitted to the bar in 2012.


Cristina Yannucci is a partner in the New York office of Lewis Brisbois and a vice-chair of the Legal Malpractice Defense Practice. Her practice focuses on litigation in the fields of professional liability, insurance coverage and municipal liability. The professional liability practice encompasses claims against attorneys, accountants, appraisers, brokers, title companies, real estate managers, directors and officers. Many of the attorney malpractice claims arise from underlying complex real estate transactions, commercial litigation, international law, the Uniform Commercial Code and corporate governance. Ms. Yannucci’s practice is venued in both the state and federal courts, including many professional liability matters arising in the context of adversary proceedings commenced in the bankruptcy courts. Additionally, Ms. Yannucci handles appellate matters at both the state and federal levels. Before joining Lewis Brisbois, Ms. Yannucci developed her legal expertise as a partner in a large litigation firm, and was a criminal defense attorney with the Nassau County Legal Aid Society.


William D. McCracken is a partner in the Commercial Litigation, Cooperative and Condominium Housing, Real Estate Litigation, Securities, and Mediation/Arbitration Practice Groups at Ganfer & Shore, LLP.  His practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, including contract, business divorce, and real estate disputes.  Mr. McCracken has represented clients in all phases of litigation in both state and federal courts, including appeals.  Mr. McCracken is a member of the New York State Bar Association's Commercial and Federal Litigation Section and the Condominiums and Cooperative Committee of the Real Property Law Section and past member of New York City Bar's Professional and Judicial Ethics Committee.  He is also a member of the New York City Bar's Real Property Law Committee and of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers.  Mr. McCracken has been recognized three times as a “New York Super Lawyer Rising Star.”