John T. Berry
John T. Berry serves as The Florida Bar’s Legal Division Director supervising the lawyer regulation and professionalism efforts.
Prior to returning to The Florida Bar, he served as Executive Director of the State Bar of Michigan from 2000 - 2006. Before joining the State Bar of Michigan in November 2000, he served as Director of the Center of Professionalism at the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law.
He has held previous positions as Assistant Executive Director of the State Bar of Arizona (1998-2000), and as Staff Counsel and Legal Division Director of The Florida Bar (1983-1998). Staff Counsel duties included supervision of lawyer regulation, unauthorized practice of law, ethics, professionalism and the advertising departments. (Read full bio)
Pamela A. Bresnahan
Pamela A. Bresnahan
Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP
Pam is a senior partner in the Vorys Washington, D.C. office and is the Chair of the litigation practice group in that office. She serves as trial and appellate counsel in business and commercial litigation matters, with an emphasis on professional liability, errors and omissions and coverage litigation. (Read full bio)
Mr. Chasnoff has been a trial lawyer for more than 40 years, focusing on complex civil litigation, primarily for insurers and their insureds, with an emphasis on legal malpractice. His practice included a variety of legal malpractice, commercial and bad-faith litigation. He also served as lead counsel in the defense of numerous national class actions filed in state and federal courts in jurisdictions across the country. (Read full bio)
Jeanne Marie Clavere
Jeanne Marie Clavere is a 1987 graduate of the University Of Puget Sound School Of Law (now Seattle University School of Law). Prior to earning her law degree she received a Master of Business Administration from DePaul University in Chicago.
In February, 2010 she joined the staff of the Washington State Bar Association as Professional Responsibility Counsel. After four years in a Seattle law firm, Jeanne Marie began her solo practice in 1992, focusing on estate planning, elder law (including complex and litigated guardianships, trusts, and guardian ad litem appointments), and contract based criminal prosecution in a tri-county area. (Read full bio)
Eric Cooperstein started his private law practice devoted to legal ethics in the fall of 2006. He has represented hundreds of lawyers and law firms in ethics and law-practice related matters. Eric is a former Senior Assistant Director of the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility, where he worked from 1995 to 2001, and a former member of the 4th District Ethics Committee, on which he served from 2003 through April 2007. (Read full bio)
James C. Coyle
Jim Coyle is Attorney Regulation Counsel for the Colorado Supreme Court. Mr. Coyle oversees attorney admissions, attorney registration, mandatory continuing legal and judicial education, attorney disciplineand diversion, regulation of theunauthorized practice of law and inventory counselmatters. Mr. Coyle has been a trial attorney with the Office of Disciplinary Counsel or successor Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel since 1990. Prior to that, he was in private practice. He earned his law degree from the University of Colorado School of Law in 1985. (Read full bio)
Debra Moss Curtis
Debra Moss Curtis is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and a tenured Professor of Law at Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad College of Law, in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
She is a graduate of Boston College Law School and Tufts University. Her teaching focus is on Contracts, UCC: Secured Transactions and UCC: Sales. (Read full bio)
Anthony E. Davis
Anthony Davis is best described as a lawyer's lawyer. Mr. Davis is a member of the Lawyers for the Profession® practice group and his practice focuses on the laws that govern lawyers. He advises attorneys and law firms on legal professional and ethics issues, law firm creation, merger and dissolution, risk management and loss control. (Read full bio)
Robert L. Denby
Robert Denby is Senior Vice-President — Loss Prevention with Attorneys’ Liability Assurance Society, Inc. (ALAS), based in Chicago. In that capacity, he heads the Loss Prevention department, a group of 11 lawyers who spend their time writing, lecturing, and consulting about matters of professional responsibility, ethics, and claims avoidance. (Read full bio)
John M. Fietkiewicz
John M. Fietkiewicz has held a variety of positions in the U.S. Attorney’s Office since starting in October 1985. Prior to becoming a member of the U.S. Attorney’s Front Office as Counsel to the U.S. Attorney in March 2013, he was the Chief Litigation Counsel for three years, a Senior Litigation Counsel in the Special Prosecutions Division for seven years, the Deputy Chief of the Fraud Division for eleven years, and an AUSA in the Fraud Division, Criminal Division, and Appeals Division for six years. (Read full bio)
Paula J. Frederick
Paula Frederick is General Counsel for the State Bar of Georgia, a unified bar organization with 48,000 members. The Office of General Counsel is responsible for interpreting the ethics rules for lawyers, prosecuting lawyer discipline cases, and providing legal advice to the officers and directors of the State Bar. (Read full bio)
Laura R. Giokas
Laura Giokas is the firm's General Counsel, managing and coordinating all firm-related legal matters. In this role, Ms. Giokas also advises the firm on strategic and operational decisions and develops firmwide protocols and policies in the risk management area.Laura Giokas is the firm's General Counsel, managing and coordinating all firm-related legal matters. In this role, Ms. Giokas also advises the firm on strategic and operational decisions and develops firmwide protocols and policies in the risk management area. (Read full bio)
Professor Katherine Goldwasser specializes in the areas of criminal procedure, evidence, and trial practice. A former associate dean for student affairs, she also served as acting director for the law school’s Civil Justice Clinic. Currently, she directs the Government Lawyering Externship program, which provides students with the opportunity to work with attorneys in the Criminal and Civil Divisions of the U.S. Attorney’s Offices for both the Eastern District of Missouri and the Southern District of Illinois. (Read full bio)
German A. Gomez
German Gomez helps clients navigate the complexity of compliance with professional responsibility, legal ethics, and conflicts of interest rules and regulations related to the daily practice of law in both law firms and in-house legal departments. German also advises clients on the application of U.S. Government ethics laws, rules, and regulations, including the standards of conduct for executive branch employees, financial conflicts of interest, and post-Government employment restrictions. (Read full bio)
Bruce A. Green
Bruce A. Green is the Louis Stein Chair at Fordham Law School, where he directs the Louis Stein Center for Law and Ethics.
He teaches and writes in the areas of legal ethics and criminal law, and has co-authored a casebook, Professional Responsibility: A Contemporary Approach (West, 2d ed. 2014).
He chairs the New York City Bar’s Committee on Professional Ethics, is a Council member and past chair of the ABA Criminal Justice Section, serves on the Multistate Professional Bar Examination drafting committee, and is a member and past chair of the N.Y. State Bar Association’s Committee on Professional Ethics. (Read full bio)
William J. Griffin
Office of Enrollment and Discipline
United States Patent and Trademark Office
William J. Griffin joined the United States Patent and Trademark Office in 1999 as a staff attorney
with the Office of Enrollment and Discipline, and currently serves as the Deputy Director for the
Office of Enrollment and Discipline. (Read full bio)
Benjamin K. Grimes
Benjamin K. Grimes retired from the Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps after a 20-year military career; he currently serves as the Deputy Director of the Department of Justice Professional Responsibility Advisory Office (PRAO) and has been a member of the ABA Standing Committee on Professionalism since 2014.
After graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point, he began his military career as a helicopter pilot and served in Alabama, Kentucky, and South Korea. He was selected for the Army’s Funded Legal Education Program and joined the Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, serving as an Administrative Law Attorney and Trial Counsel (military prosecutor) in Germany and as the Senior Trial Counsel for Multi-National Corps—Iraq in Baghdad, Iraq. Following his deployment, he spent time as a Trial Defense Counsel and Judge Advocate Recruiting Officer before earning his LL.M. and assuming duties as the Senior (Supervisory) Defense Counsel for Joint Base Lewis-McChord, in Washington.
Before retiring, he spent three years as Professor and Vice Chair of Criminal Law at the Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center & School, where he was one of two faculty members primarily responsible for teaching ethics and professional responsibility to military attorneys – from new Judge Advocates to seasoned Military Judges of all military services working at both the trial and appellate levels. At the time of his retirement, he was the Deputy Staff Judge Advocate (Deputy Legal Advisor) at the Army Intelligence and Security Command.
In his current role, he assists the Director of PRAO in overseeing the organization’s mission to provide professional responsibility advice and training to Department attorneys and Assistant United States Attorneys worldwide.
Karen Hester, JD, LL.M. in Taxation, has more than 10 years of experience working in diversity and inclusiveness. In 2015, she was named a Diversity Champion by NALP’s Diversity & Inclusion Section, which recognized 11 individuals nationally. (Read full bio)
Peter R. Jarvis
Peter Jarvis is a partner in Holland & Knight's Portland office, where he practices primarily in the area of attorney professional responsibility and risk management. Mr. Jarvis advises lawyers, law firms, corporate legal departments and government legal departments about the law governing lawyers. (Read full bio)
Professor Peter A. Joy is well known for his work in clinical legal education, legal ethics, criminal justice, and trial practice. As director of the Criminal Justice Clinic, he supervises student-lawyers who provide direct legal representation to clients and work with experienced public defenders on criminal matters. In addition to his clinical work and teaching, Professor Joy has written extensively and presented nationally and internationally on legal ethics, lawyer and judicial professionalism, clinical legal education, and access to justice issues. (Read full bio)
Tracy L. Kepler is the Director of the American Bar Association’s Center for Professional Responsibility (CPR), providing national leadership in developing and interpreting standards and scholarly resources in legal and judicial ethics, professional regulation, professionalism and client protection. In that role, she manages and coordinates the efforts of 18 staff members and 13 entities including five ABA Standing Committees (Ethics, Professionalism, Professional Regulation, Client Protection, and Specialization), the ABA/BNA Lawyers’ Manual on Professional Conduct, the Center’s Coordinating Council and other Center working committees. (Read full bio)
Patrick R. Krill
Recognized globally as a leading authority on addiction and mental health issues in the legal profession, Patrick R. Krill is an attorney, licensed and board certified alcohol and drug counselor, author, advocate, and thought leader. His groundbreaking work in the area of attorney behavioral health includes initiating and serving as lead author of the first and only national study on the prevalence of attorney addiction and mental health concerns, a joint undertaking of the American Bar Association Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs and the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. (Read full bio)
Arthur J. Lachman
Arthur J. Lachman practices in Seattle, Washington, focusing on legal ethics, professional liability, and law firm risk management issues.
A 1989 graduate of the University of Washington School of Law, he clerked on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, has practiced as a commercial litigation attorney, and has taught civil litigation and ethics subjects at both Puget Sound area law schools. (Read full bio)
Leslie Levin is an expert on the legal profession, ethical decisionmaking and lawyer discipline, subjects she has examined in numerous scholarly articles, book chapters and presentations, as well as in her role as co-editor (with Lynn Mather) of Lawyers in Practice: Ethical Decisionmaking in Context. She was the principal investigator on a study funded by the Law School Admissions Council of the predictive value of the bar’s character and fitness inquiry. (Read full bio)
Stacy Ludwig has served as the Director of the Professional Responsibility Advisory Office (“PRAO”) since February 2016. In this capacity, she directs and oversees PRAO’s mission to provide professional responsibility advice and training to Department attorneys and Assistant United States Attorneys worldwide, on how to carry out their duties, in compliance with the applicable rules of professional conduct. (Read full bio)
Professor Benjamin Madison
Professor Benjamin Madison is the Co-Director of the Center for Ethical Formation & Legal Education Reform and a professor at Regent University School of Law.
His pretrial practice casebook, Civil Procedure for All States: A Context and Practice Casebook (2010), has drawn praise as one of the first casebooks designed according to the recommendations of the Carnegie Institute’s Educating Lawyers (2007). (Read full bio)
Thomas B. Mason
Thomas B. Mason is the Chair of Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP’s Legal Ethics and Malpractice Group. He represents lawyers and law firms in malpractice, disqualification, disciplinary investigations and prosecutions, partner admissions and departures, and law firm dissolutions. Mr. Mason’s disciplinary experience includes matters before the USPTO’s Office of Enrollment and Discipline (OED) as well as numerous state bars. (Read full bio)
Michael S. McGinniss
Michael S. McGinniss is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of North Dakota School of Law, where he joined the faculty in 2010 and teaches courses on Professional Responsibility, Evidence, Conflict of Laws, and Advanced Legal Ethics. He also served for three years as a founding co-coordinator for the UND School of Law’s team-taught first-year course, Professional Foundations.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts in English (summa cum laude and first in his class) at Washington College. He received his legal education at the College of William & Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law, where he graduated third in his class and was inducted into the Order of the Coif. Upon graduation from law school, he served as the law clerk for Honorable Randy J. Holland of the Supreme Court of Delaware. He then was associated for four years with the Delaware law firm Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP, where his practice focused on intellectual property litigation in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware. (Read full bio)
Michael J. McGuire
Michael J. McGuire is a shareholder in Littler’s Minneapolis office. He is also the firm’s Chief Information Security Officer and one of the firm’s associate general counsel. He is responsible for managing the firm’s Information Governance Department, which includes Information Protection and Privacy and Information Management. (Read full bio)
Ronald C. Minkoff
Ronald C. Minkoff is a partner in the Litigation Group and Head of the Professional Responsibility Group. Mr. Minkoff is also one of New York State’s leading practitioners in the field of attorney ethics and professional responsibility, representing attorneys in a wide variety of matters including law firm partnership disputes, disciplinary cases, legal fee disputes and legal malpractice and professional liability cases on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants. He also provides ethics opinions and advice to a wide variety of law firm clients. (Read full bio)
Professor Nancy J. Moore
Professor Nancy J. Moore is Professor of Law and Nancy Barton Scholar at Boston University School of Law, where she teaches Professional Responsibility and Torts.
She has been teaching and writing in the Professional Responsibility field for over thirty years and is the author of numerous articles on attorney ethics. Recent articles include “Financial Rewards for Whistleblowing Lawyers,” (56 BC Law Review 1697 (2015); co-authored with Kathleen Clark), “Ethical Issues in Mass Torts Plaintiffs’ Representation: Beyond the Aggregate Settlement Rule,” 81 Fordham L. Rev. 3233 (2013), “Regulating Conflicts of Interest in Global Law Firms: Peace in Our Time?” 80 Fordham. L. Rev. 2541 (2012) (co-authored with Janine Griffiths-Baker), and “Who Will Regulate Class Action Lawyers?” 44 Loy. U Chi. L. J. 577 (2012.
Professor Moore was Chief Reporter for the ABA Commission on Evaluation of the Rules of Professional Conduct (“Ethics 2000") and is Chair of the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination Drafting Committee.
Peter T. Mott
Peter T. Mott is a principal of Brody Wilkinson and a member of the firm’s Trusts & Estates Group. Mr. Mott practices in the areas of estate planning and trusts and estate administration. He assists individuals with tax and charitable gift planning, business owners with succession planning, and families planning for aging or incapacitated family members. Mr. Mott is a Martindale-Hubbell AV-rated attorney. (Read full bio)
For Carol Needham, the time to write about legal issues is not when they are settled but when they begin to percolate.
“That’s when you can make the most difference,” she says. “You write before things happen so you can get something going, testify before the rules committees and push for change in a direction that’s positive. I like being in the mix.”A prolific writer and speaker, Professor Needham has been in the mix on several issues — primarily under the umbrella of legal ethics and professional responsibility. Presently, her scholarship centers on the ethics issues faced by in-house counsel and lawyers in transactional practice, cross-border practice and professional licensing issues, including the multijurisdictional practice of law. (Read full bio)
Kimberly Jade Norwood
After law school Professor Norwood clerked for the Honorable Clifford Scott Green, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. She then joined the law firm of Bryan, Cave LLP in St. Louis, Missouri as a litigation associate. She joined Washington University in 1990. At the law school Professor Norwood has focused her research on black identity, colorism, implicit bias, and the intersection of race, class, and public education in America. She has also created and developed a unique service learning program for which she has won several awards (both local and national) that allows law students to receive law school credit and high school students to receive mentoring and guidance for a possible future career in the law. The experience also involves actual court exposure before judges in their respective courtrooms. (Read full bio)
Ellen A. Pansky
Ellen A. Pansky is the founding partner of Pansky Markle Ham LLP, South Pasadena, California, specializing in State Bar disciplinary defense, legal ethics consultations, professional liability litigation and expert testimony.
Ms. Pansky has extensive experience before the California Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals, the State Bar Court and State Superior Courts, and is admitted to several districts of the U.S. District Court, and to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She is a California State Bar certified MCLE provider. (Read full bio)
Stuart Pattison currently heads up the practice group underwriting professional service firms, law firms and accounting firms , at Sompo International . Previously he headed up the practice group underwriting large law firms at C N A for 13 years and before that spent 27 years at the insurance broker Minet, subsequently acquired by Aon, where he headed up the professional services group involved with law firms , accounting firms and consultants.
Stuart is an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute. He has helped form and administer insurance companies owned by the law firm policy holders as well as consultants . In addition he has advised on claims patterns, as well as loss prevention and risk management for policyholders as well as at conferences including those sponsored by PLUS, ABA, CPCU, Aon Risk Management Forum, Hinshaw risk management forum, General Counsel Workshop, and the American Conference Institute.
Lucian T. Pera
Lucian’s civil litigation practice has ranged widely and includes a variety of commercial, personal injury and intellectual property litigation, as well as numerous state and federal appeals. (Read full bio)
Steven Puiszis is a partner in the Chicago office of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP. He serves as the Firm’s Deputy General Counsel, its Security Officer, and as the head of the Firm's Ediscovery Response Team. Steve is a trial attorney who has taken numerous civil and criminal jury trials to verdict in various in state and federal courts involving a wide range of issues including successfully defending the first jury trial in Illinois against a public defender involving a claim of legal malpractice. (Read full bio)
Allison Martin Rhodes is a partner in Holland & Knight’s Portland and Los Angeles offices and the co-chair of the Holland & Knight Legal Profession Team. She focuses her practice on legal ethics and risk management, law firm organization and attorney disciplinary defense. Ms. Martin Rhodes advises both law firms and lawyers on ethical and fiduciary issues related to lateral hiring, law firm dissolution and expulsion matters. In that context, she represents lawyers and law firms in litigation among themselves. (Read full bio)
Heather L. Rosing
Heather L. Rosing serves as the Chairperson of the Professional Liability Department, working with a team of Klinedinst lawyers across the state in the defense of professionals such as lawyers and accountants. Ms. Rosing has developed a nationwide reputation for her experience and skill in litigating complex malpractice and fraud cases and in advising in the areas of ethics and risk management. Ms. Rosing also serves as a consultant and expert witness in the areas of fee disputes, professional responsibility, privileges, and attorney duties. (Read full bio)
Janie F. Schulman
A Fellow of the American College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, Janie Schulman has specialized in employment, whistleblower retaliation, and trade secrets litigation and counseling for almost 30 years. Since 2012, she has been recognized as a leading attorney in employment and labor law by Best Lawyers in America. She has developed expertise in employment law issues unique to several industries, including financial services, technology, medical/life sciences, retail, and hospitality. (Read full bio)
William D. Slease
William D. Slease is Chief Disciplinary Counsel for the New Mexico Supreme Court Disciplinary Board.
In addition to his duties as Chief Disciplinary Counsel, he serves as an adjunct professor at the University of New Mexico School of Law where he has taught employment law, ethics and trial practice skills.
He also chairs the Supreme Court of the State of New Mexico’s Lawyer’s Succession and Transition Committee and serves on the State Bar of New Mexico Professionalism Commission which is responsible for operating and administering the “Bridge the Gap: Transitioning Into the Profession Program” for new lawyers in New Mexico.
He is a member and the 2016-17 President of the National Organization of Bar Counsel.
Before joining TCLE as its Executive Director in 2009, Mr. Smaby practiced law in Dallas. He represented clients in business, litigation, employment, real estate and health law. He was also a longtime member of the Advertising Review Committee of the State Bar of Texas, including serving as its Chair and Vice Chair. (Read full bio)
Alan Jay Weil
Alan Jay Weil has been a trial and appellate lawyer for his entire career. He has tried numerous cases in state and federal court, both civil and criminal, and has handled numerous appeals as well. As a former Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles, he prosecuted a wide range of federal criminal cases, including tax fraud, securities and commodities fraud, mail and wire fraud, and other crimes against the government. (Read full bio)
Patricia (Pat) Weiss is Professional Responsibility Counsel for the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Pat has an extensive background in providing professional responsibility advice to federal government lawyers, having served in that role at the SEC for nearly five years and, before that, at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Professional Responsibility Advisory Office (PRAO).
Before becoming an advisor on professional conduct issues, Pat was first a trial lawyer and then an Assistant Chief in DOJ’s Environment and Natural Resources Division, where she handled a wide variety of environmental and natural resources cases.
Neil J. Wertlieb
Neil J. Wertlieb is an experienced transactional lawyer who provides expert witness services in litigation and arbitration matters.
Mr. Wertlieb has served as an expert witness in disputes involving business transactions and corporate governance, and in cases involving attorney malpractice and attorney ethics. As principal of Wertlieb Law Corp, Mr. Wertlieb is also available as a mediator for business disputes and for board of director appointments. (Read full bio)