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PLI's Ethics Programs: Summer 2013

 
Author(s): David A. Lewis, Katie M. Lachter, C. Evan Stewart
Practice Area: Ethics/Professional Responsibility
Published: Jul 2013
ISBN: 9781402420405
PLI Item #: 42336
CHB Spine #: F241

Charles Star is a contract attorney currently working with Morvillo, Abramowitz, Grand, Iason & Anello, P.C. and in the process of opening a solo practice. His contract attorney work focuses on securities, antitrust and general commercial litigation, as well as white-collar criminal defense. For his solo practice he intends to focus on residential real estate closings, drafting of personal contracts and wills and freelance brief writing.

Prior to working as a contract attorney, Mr. Star was a litigation associate at Kelley, Drye & Warren LLP, the former Solomon, Zauderer, Ellenhorn, Frischer & Sharp and Proskauer Rose LLP. He left the world of commercial litigation to begin a career as a stand-up comedian. As this is the first you've heard of him, you can imagine how that went, but it wasn't without its victories, including performances at comedy festivals in New York, Portland and San Francisco and a five-year run hosting a popular lecture series in Brooklyn.

Mr. Star attended the Columbia University School of Law after getting his BS and MPA from Cornell University. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, son and cat, all of whom deserve superlative adjectives.


David Lewis’s practice is focused on legal ethics and professional conduct, including issues surrounding conflicts of interest, legal advertising regulations, cross-border legal practice issues, litigation conduct, attorney-client privilege and client confidentiality, bar admission requirements, fee disputes, law firm structure and risk management.

He has represented clients in a variety of professional matters, including defending lawyers against charges before disciplinary committees, legal malpractice cases and representing lawyers and law firms in cases involving disqualification.

Mr. Lewis was formerly a partner and general counsel of a national, New York-based AmLaw 200 law firm. Before that, he was an attorney with an international, New York-based AmLaw 100 law firm and a member of its Office of the General Counsel.

Mr. Lewis is the appointed Chair of the New York City Bar Association’s Professional Responsibility Committee (2011-2014), and he is also the Vice-Chair of the New York State Bar Association's Task Force on Nonlawyer Ownership.

He is a member of the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Standards of Attorney Conduct (COSAC) which studies and makes recommendations for changes in the rules of professional conduct that govern lawyers in New York State.

Mr. Lewis was appointed by the President of the New York State Bar Association to serve on the New York State Bar Association’s Special Immigration Committee, which was created to help develop, improve and expand the standards for competent legal representation of immigrants in the United States.

His professional memberships also include the New York County Lawyers’ Association’s Board of Advisors for the Ethics Institute and for its Task Force on Professionalism.

Mr. Lewis has served as an adjunct professor of law, and has taught legal ethics and professional responsibility.

Mr. Lewis is a sought-after speaker, and is often called upon to lecture or serve on panel discussions dealing with complex legal ethics issues and compliance with the Rules of Professional Conduct. He has participated in many programs dealing with the professional conduct of lawyers, including those sponsored or held by the Practising Law Institute, the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, the New York City Bar Association, the New York County Lawyers’ Association and the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL).

Community Service Activities

Mr. Lewis is very passionate about his pro bono work as an advocate for children’s rights on behalf of the Legal Aid Society.

Mr. Lewis is a 2007 recipient of the Legal Aid Society’s Pro Bono Publico Award. He was a member of the New York State Bar Association’s Empire Counsel for a number of years.


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.


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.


Kenneth C. Citarella is a senior managing director for the Investigations and Cyber Forensics practice.  He joined Guidepost Solutions in 2010 as a project manager to investigate fraudulent claims for the Gulf Coast Claims Facility in its administration of the $20 billion BP compensation fund.  In that capacity, Mr. Citarella supervised 300 professionals, including more than 200 field investigators. Nearly 18,000 claims were referred for investigation; many involved the financial analysis of a claimant’s business operations, including numerous construction-related entities. The project team wrote thousands of fraud reports which were described by an official of the U.S. Department of Justice as the finest body of investigative work he had ever seen.

Mr. Citarella also worked as part of the Guidepost Integrity Monitor team in the New York City Rapid Repair program overseeing Superstorm Sandy-related reconstruction on Staten Island. Guidepost monitored residential repairs from initial assessment through final walk through, documenting work order authorizations and variances between authorized work and actual performance, permitting New York City to properly evaluate invoices and satisfactory performance by contractors.

Prior to joining Guidepost Solutions, Mr. Citarella worked with a commercial litigation law firm and the Corporate Investigations Division of Prudential. 

Mr. Citarella had a distinguished 28-year career as a white-collar and computer crime prosecutor in the Westchester County, New York District Attorney’s Office, which he concluded as Deputy Chief of the Investigations Division. He prosecuted investment frauds, larcenies, embezzlements, anti-trust violations, public corruption, forgeries and many other economic crimes. A pioneer in computer crime prosecution, Mr. Citarella obtained convictions for computer intrusions, malicious software attacks, a software time bomb, spamming, digital child pornography, and the use of the Internet for child exploitation, among other cases.

In addition to his affiliations and designations, Mr. Citarella frequently lectures before professional, legal, academic, corporate and community groups on computer crime and fraud related issues. In 2011, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the High Technology Crime Investigation Association.

Speaking Engagements

  • Federal Bar Council 2015 Fall Bench and Bar Retreat, “How to Respond to a Client's Data Breach,” October 2015
  • DoDiligence™ – Reinventing the Due Diligence Process, Topic specialist for Cybersecurity Breakout Session, August 2015
  • ALM 27th Annual General Counsel Conference, “Cybersecurity – What the General Counsel needs to Know,” June 2015
  • Gotham Media, “Cyber Security is Not Optional,” April 2015
  • Law Firm, Cybersecurity: Global Crisis Prevention and Management, “Aftermath of a Breach: Potential Legal Exposure,” February 2015
  • New York State Bar Association 2014 Security Summit, “Protecting Information When Using Third Party Vendors,” November 2014
  • Northeast Chapter of the High Tech Crime Investigation Association, ” Impact of the NSA: Revelations on Law Enforcement,” September 2014
  • Annual ACFE Global Fraud Conference, “Integrity Monitorship of Public Construction Projects and the CFE,” June 2014
  • International Information Management Association Conference, “Lessons the Victims Taught Me: Reflections on 25 Years Investigating Cybercrime,” October 2013
  • New York State Society of CPA’s Annual Fraud Conference, “Managing Mass Disaster Insurance Claim Fraud: Administering the Gulf Coast Claims Facility After the BP Oil Spill,” June 2013
  • Northeast Chapter of the High Tech Crime Investigation Association, “Continuing Legal Issues in High Tech Crime,” May 2013
  • Breach Response and Forensics - Managing the Privacy and Cybersecurity Law: Advising the C-Suite on Critical Issues in Our Information Society, ”Crisis and Complying with Law,” March 2013
  • New Jersey Chapter of The Association for Corporate Growth “Cyber Risk: What You and Your Business Needs to Know Right Now: Information and Data Security Breaches,” September 2012


Meredith S. Heller attended Cardozo Law School, where she participated in the Innocence Project, both as a student and a research assistant. She graduated in 2005 and was admitted in the Second Department in 2006. Since her admission she has focused on criminal defense at both the trial and appellate levels in both state and federal courts. She also represents attorneys in disciplinary proceedings and bar applicants through the admissions process.

Ms. Heller is the Chair of the Lawyers Assistance Program Committee of the New York City Bar, as well as a member of the Professional Ethics Committee.

She is a frequent speaker at First Department Orientation programs, discussing stress management and the resources available through the LAP. She has also spoken about substance abuse and ethics at Brooklyn Law School, Cardozo Law School, Columbia Law School and the Practicing Law Institute.  She is also a member of the New York State Bar Association Lawyers Assistance Program Committee and a member of the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys.




Rebecca L. Ambrose is the Deputy General Counsel of Jackson Lewis, where her practice focuses exclusively on legal ethics and professional responsibility matters. Rebecca advises her firm on a variety of ethics issues including conflicts of interest, disqualification, sanctions, attorney advertising, bar admission requirements and malpractice defense. She frequently lectures on topics related to legal ethics. Rebecca is a 2007 graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.


Steven C. Bennett is a partner at Scarola Zubatov Schaffzin PLLC in New York City, where he practices commercial litigation and arbitration.  Steve is former Co-Chair of the New York State Bar Association E-Discovery Committee.  He co-founded the Sedona Conference Working Group on International Discovery.  He has taught E-Discovery Law at: Hofstra Law School, New York Law School and Rutgers Law School.  Steve is on the Commercial Arbitration and Mediation panels of the American Arbitration Association.  B.A., Macalester College; J.D., New York University School of Law.


David Lewis’s practice is focused on legal ethics and professional conduct, including issues surrounding conflicts of interest, legal advertising regulations, cross-border legal practice issues, litigation conduct, attorney-client privilege and client confidentiality, bar admission requirements, fee disputes, law firm structure and risk management.

He has represented clients in a variety of professional matters, including defending lawyers against charges before disciplinary committees, legal malpractice cases and representing lawyers and law firms in cases involving disqualification.

Mr. Lewis was formerly a partner and general counsel of a national, New York-based AmLaw 200 law firm. Before that, he was an attorney with an international, New York-based AmLaw 100 law firm and a member of its Office of the General Counsel.

Mr. Lewis is the appointed Chair of the New York City Bar Association’s Professional Responsibility Committee (2011-2014), and he is also the Vice-Chair of the New York State Bar Association's Task Force on Nonlawyer Ownership.

He is a member of the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Standards of Attorney Conduct (COSAC) which studies and makes recommendations for changes in the rules of professional conduct that govern lawyers in New York State.

Mr. Lewis was appointed by the President of the New York State Bar Association to serve on the New York State Bar Association’s Special Immigration Committee, which was created to help develop, improve and expand the standards for competent legal representation of immigrants in the United States.

His professional memberships also include the New York County Lawyers’ Association’s Board of Advisors for the Ethics Institute and for its Task Force on Professionalism.

Mr. Lewis has served as an adjunct professor of law, and has taught legal ethics and professional responsibility.

Mr. Lewis is a sought-after speaker, and is often called upon to lecture or serve on panel discussions dealing with complex legal ethics issues and compliance with the Rules of Professional Conduct. He has participated in many programs dealing with the professional conduct of lawyers, including those sponsored or held by the Practising Law Institute, the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, the New York City Bar Association, the New York County Lawyers’ Association and the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL).

Community Service Activities

Mr. Lewis is very passionate about his pro bono work as an advocate for children’s rights on behalf of the Legal Aid Society.

Mr. Lewis is a 2007 recipient of the Legal Aid Society’s Pro Bono Publico Award. He was a member of the New York State Bar Association’s Empire Counsel for a number of years.


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.


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.