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Ethics in Context: July 2015

 
Author(s): Stephen D. Brody, Carole L. Basri, Katie M. Lachter
Practice Area: Ethics/Professional Responsibility
Published: Jul 2015
PLI Item #: 57286
CHB Spine #: F265

Carole Basri is an adjunct professor at Fordham University Law School and a visiting professor at Peking University School of Transactional Law. She is currently the Compliance Advisor of the Fordham Corporate Compliance program, which includes a certificate and LLM in Corporate Compliance launched in 2012.

Ms. Basri is a graduate of Barnard College and NYU School of Law, where she was a member of its National Moot Court Team. She then joined the Federal Government, where she was an Assistant Counsel with the United States Senate Antitrust and Monopoly Subcommittee and an attorney with the Federal Trade Commission. She later became in-house counsel with the advertising agency, NW Ayer Inc., and left to become an associate, first with Baker & McKenzie and then with Hall Dickler Lawler Kent and Friedman. Ms. Basri then became in-house counsel with Maidenform Inc. and a consultant with the Perrier Group Inc. From 1994 to 2002, she was a consultant to Deloitte & Touche LLP, where she helped to create its Ethics and Compliance practice. During this time, she also served as General Counsel of China On Line Inc.

Ms. Basri was the Senior Vice President of B3 Legal, a national legal and compliance staffing company that provides, among other things, attorneys and compliance professionals to serve as in-house counsel attorneys and Compliance Officers at financial institutions.  In addition, she has been Executive Director of the Greater NY Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) for over 10 years (until September 2006).

Ms. Basri is also President of the Corporate Lawyering Group LLC, which advises on corporate compliance programs. She has created comprehensive compliance and ethics programs for major corporations, including the Dunn & Bradstreet Corporation, Cendant, Benjamin Moore & Co. and Dannon Inc. These programs were all launched within nine months and, in many cases, in multiple languages and locations. She also provides advice on law department management, document retention and corporate governance issues.

Carolina Academic Press just published two casebooks by Ms. Basri: Corporate Legal Departments and Corporate Compliance.


Steve Brody is an accomplished trial lawyer who handles a wide variety of complex, aggregated litigation, with a primary focus on mass torts, product liability, class actions, government investigations, and appeals. Steve chairs the firmwide Product Liability and Mass Torts Practice, and leads the practice’s Drug and Medical Device subgroup. He also works frequently with attorneys in the firm’s Consumer Class Actions, White Collar Defense and Corporate Investigations, and Appellate Practice Groups.

Steve works with clients beyond the near-term victory in a single dispute and toward the achievement of systemic changes that benefit clients’ businesses well into the future. Steve has defended class actions and state attorney general cases involving pharmaceutical marketing, consumer fraud, state Medicaid reimbursement, health insurance plan benefits, preferred provider agreements, and 401(k) fees and retirement plan investment selection. At the federal appellate level, he has recently handled appeals in the Fourth, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh and DC Circuits, and state appellate courts in Arkansas, California, Louisiana, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.


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.