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How to Avoid Tripping on Ethical Pitfalls When You’re Learning to Walk

Speaker(s): David G. Keyko, Hon. Dianne T. Renwick, Jennifer Finnegan, Rebecca L. Ambrose
Recorded on: Sep. 11, 2020
PLI Program #: 290961

David Keyko is a partner in the law firm's Litigation practice and is located in the New York office. His practice has focused on major, complex litigation, often involving multiple parties. He has handled cases involving allegations of securities or other types of fraud, antitrust violations, ethics issues and trusts and estates issues across the country, often involving insurance coverage issues. He has conducted internal investigations and represented clients responding to government probes. He has also served as an expert witness in connection with legal malpractice litigation. Among the prominent cases Mr. Keyko has handled was the representation of a defendant in a $1.4 billion antitrust lawsuit.

Mr. Keyko was named the "New York City Best Lawyers Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Lawyer of the Year" for 2012, 2017 and 2019. He has lectured and written widely on securities, antitrust, legal ethics and general litigation topics, and chairs PLI's programs on federal pretrial practice and ethics for corporate lawyers. He is a former columnist for the New York Law Journal and has written several dozen articles on litigation and ethics issues for such publications as the National Law Journal.

Mr. Keyko has undertaken a variety of pro bono projects, including representing for over 20 years a death row inmate in Alabama asserting that the inmate is innocent of the crime for which he was convicted, serving as Chair of the Board of  Mobilization for Justice Legal Services, Inc., and serving two terms as a member of the Departmental Disciplinary Committee of the First Department. He was Chairman of the Professional Responsibility Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. He chaired the ad hoc committee of the Association that commented on proposed SEC regulations under Section 307 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. He is currently the chair of the Association's Legal Referral Service Committee and is a member of the ABA Legal Referral and Information Service Committee.

Mr. Keyko is the Chief Ethics Counsel of Pillsbury and is a member of its Sarbanes-Oxley Committee, Opinions Committee and Professional Responsibility Committee. He is an adjunct professor at the Fordham University School of Law where he teaches legal ethics.

Aon’s Professional Services Group is the only insurance broker with a dedicated loss prevention team to serve its law firm clients. As a member of the loss prevention team, Jennifer Finnegan advises Aon’s 275+ law firm clients on risk management, professional responsibility, professional liability, and legal ethics 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 professional responsibility counseling and defense of professional liability claims.

Jenny graduated from Georgetown University Law Center in 1995 and earned her undergraduate degree summa cum laude from The College of New Jersey.

She is admitted to practice law in New York, New Jersey, and Washington, DC.

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.

Justice Dianne Renwick sits on the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, for the First Judicial Department. She is a graduate of Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and Cornell University. Justice Renwick began her legal career at the Criminal Division of the Legal Aid Society. She has served as a member of the judiciary since March 1997, when she was appointed a New York City Housing Court Judge. Subsequently, she was elected to the New York City Civil Court and, in 2001, elected to the New York State Supreme Court. Prior to ascending to the bench, Justice Renwick was an attorney for the Federal Defenders in the Eastern District of New York.

Justice Renwick has demonstrated a commitment to advancing issues of the bench, bar, and community. She has appeared as a guest commentator on the Courtroom Television Network (Court TV) and has taught at several law school and bar association sponsored trial advocacy programs, including Harvard, Cardozo, Hofstra, and the New York County Lawyers Association. She has chaired the City Marshal's Committee and the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board and has served on numerous committees and boards, including the Governor's Task Force on Judicial Diversity, Chess in the Schools, the Board of Directors of the Academy of Mt. St. Ursula, the Black Bar Association of Bronx County, the Lehman College Art Gallery and the Pelham Art Center. Presently, Justice Renwick serves on the Boards of Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and The New York Botanical Garden, the Advisory Boards of The President’s Council of Cornell Women and The Picture House Regional Film Center, and is a member of the New York American Inn of Court.