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Ethics for Corporate Lawyers: Multijurisdictional Practice and Other Current Issues 2021


Speaker(s): C. Evan Stewart, Jennifer Finnegan, Jonathan K. Youngwood, Susan E. Brune
Recorded on: Mar. 9, 2021
PLI Program #: 305024

Jennifer Finnegan is a Senior Vice President and Executive Director with the Professional Services Practice at Aon.  As a member of Aon’s Loss Prevention team, Jennifer consults with Aon’s 275+ law firm clients on a wide range of risk management and professional responsibility and liability issues.

Prior to joining Aon in 2018, Jenny was the General Counsel of Herrick, Feinstein LLP, a mid-sized, full-service law firm based in New York. Before taking on the General Counsel role, Jenny was a litigation partner at Herrick, focusing her practice on civil litigation for financial institutions and for manufacturers in the pharmaceutical, consumer products, and automotive industries.  She has more than 20 years’ experience as a litigator and over 12 years’ experience in defense of professional liability claims.

Jenny earned her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and her B.A., summa cum laude from The College of New Jersey.  She is admitted to practice law in New York, New Jersey, and Washington, DC.


Susan E. Brune has been consistently recognized for excellence in the practice of law. Chambers USA has identified Susan Brune as a “Star Individual,” an elite ranking above “Band 1.” Per Chambers, she is “at the top of her game and fights hard for her clients. She can parachute into a case and learn everything and get up to date so fast.” She is “truly one of the greatest lawyers in our field and at the very top of the profession. She's the whole package: a brilliant lawyer, incredible advocate, trusted adviser and totally fearless.” In support of the ranking, Chambers states that she is “a market-leading attorney for the representation of individuals involved in complex, high-stakes criminal trials” and a “strong choice for corporations facing white-collar proceedings.”

Susan is focused on efficiently solving her clients’ problems, whether they involve commercial disputes or contacts with prosecutors or regulators. In the white collar sphere, Susan has repeatedly warded off indictment and regulatory charges through sound strategic choices, meticulous preparation and forceful advocacy. When cases are brought, she is equally effective. A seasoned trial lawyer, she achieved a complete victory for a private equity investor in an enforcement case in the SEC’s administrative forum. She also obtained the acquittal of a Bear Stearns hedge fund manager in a federal jury trial. 

Before starting her private practice, Susan served as a federal prosecutor in Manhattan.


Jonathan K. Youngwood is Co-Chair of the Firm’s Litigation Department. For more than 20 years, Jon has represented financial institutions, corporations, executives and boards of directors in a wide range of high-profile litigations, arbitrations and regulatory investigations. His practice focuses on matters involving securities, antitrust and ERISA law as well as M&A litigation.

In 2017, Jon was the recipient of the “Securities Lawyer of the Year” award by Euromoney’s Benchmark Litigation, an award that recognizes the country’s leading litigators, and was also honored as a “Distinguished Leader” by the New York Law Journal. Chambers and Partners consistently recognizes Jon as a leading securities litigator, describing him as a “very well-respected lawyer with a tremendous reputation, and is very good in the courtroom”; “the best lawyer on his feet - he is incredibly comfortable before judges and panels”; a “smart, focused and creative lawyer who brings the required intensity to the job.” Chambers also recognizes him as “a detail-oriented litigator with the ability to get to the nub of an issue” who “has extensive securities knowledge” and “flair for written work and oral advocacy.” He is recognized as a “Leading Lawyer” by The Legal 500, where market commentators describe him as “very talented”; who has a “client-oriented approach”; “technically superb, bright and articulate”; an “outstanding securities litigator”; and “smart, hardworking and extremely professional.” Jon has also been recognized by Benchmark Litigation as a “Top 10 Nationwide Securities Star”; and is consistently recognized as a national and New York “Litigation Star” in Securities Litigation, where sources have described him as “one of the smartest lawyers I know. He not only is hardworking, but he has the ability to be both a big-picture thinker and also pay incredible attention to detail.”

He edits the Securities Law Alert, a monthly newsletter published by the Firm, is the Co-Chair of PLI’s annual program entitled “Handling a Securities Case: From Investigation to Trial and Everything in Between,” and received the Burton Award for Achievement in Legal Writing.

Among a number of significant pro bono achievements, Jon served on the Simpson Thacher team that achieved a finding (after a seven-month trial) that the New York City public schools fail to provide a constitutionally adequate education.

Jon received his B.A. with honors from Brown University in 1990. He received his J.D. in 1994 with honors from the University of Chicago, where he served as Comments Editor of The University of Chicago Law Review. He also holds a Master of Public Policy from The University of Chicago (1992). Jon joined Simpson Thacher in 1995 following a one-year clerkship with Hon. Dennis G. Jacobs of United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He became a Partner in 2003.


C. Evan Stewart's practice focuses principally on the financial services industry, where he handles litigation matters for domestic and international clients before federal and state trial and appellate courts, in arbitration forums, as well as before the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation and the U.S. Supreme Court. He advises clients on a range of complex commercial matters, including antitrust, bankruptcy, class action defense, ethics, intellectual property, internal investigations, securities litigation, and tax controversies.

Mr. Stewart was featured by the New York Law Journal in the "Top Trials of 2005" for his successful representation of Theodore Sihpol, the first person in U.S. history to be criminally charged for "late trading" mutual funds. More recently, Mr. Stewart successfully represented Gary Prince against the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. In May of 2013, after a three week bench trial in federal court, the judge dismissed all six charges of securities fraud against Mr. Prince.

Mr. Stewart previously served twelve years as Executive Vice President and General Counsel for The Nikko Securities Co. International Inc., and as a director of Nikko Financial Services Inc. Additionally, Mr. Stewart served as First Vice President, Associate General Counsel, and Head of Litigation at E.F. Hutton & Company Inc.  Since 2003, Mr. Stewart has been tasked by Goldman, Sachs & Co. to, among other things, oversee and litigate all of the disputes arising out of the company's Private Wealth Management Division.

Recognized as a Super Lawyer for Securities Litigation since 2009, Mr. Stewart has also been hailed as a "Local Litigation Star" by Benchmark Litigation since 2010. In 2016, Mr. Stewart received the Sanford D. Levy Award from the New York State Bar Association's Ethics Committee for having "significantly contributed to an understanding of professional ethics by the publication of an article, commentary or a series of articles or commentaries on the subject." In 2008, he received the Modaq Content Award for writing the most popular article in the United States. Since 1980, Mr. Stewart has been AV(R) Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

Mr. Stewart is a visiting professor at Cornell University and an adjunct law professor at Fordham Law School. He has been a regularly contributing columnist for the New York Law Journal since 1990, the New York Business Journal since 2006, and has published approximately 300 articles on diverse legal subjects.  He is also frequently featured in the national media and regularly speaks across the country on securities professional responsibility and complex litigation issues.