Staying in or going out? Identifying potential pitfalls for banking’s in-house counsel

Law & Order, meet the modern in-house banking counsel

“House counsel”

In one of Law & Order’s “ripped from the headlines” episodes titled “House Counsel,” a juror in a mob trial is found dead. Law enforcement investigates and learns that the mobster tampered with the juror in order to avoid a conviction, then killed him to keep him quiet. The lawyer defending the mobster is a good friend of Assistant District Attorney Jack McCoy. Later in the investigation, McCoy discovers that his friend may have played a role in the jury tampering. When he suspects his friend is involved, McCoy sees an opportunity to get the mobster and prosecutes the attorney for the murder to leverage information about the mobster. In the end, the lawyer is convicted and the attorney-client privilege between the lawyer and the mobster is dissolved. 

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Colleen M. Murphy

Colleen M. Murphy is a partner in the law firm of Goldberg Segalla. She has nearly 20 years of experience counseling and defending clients that include...

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Aaron J. Aisen

Aaron J. Aisen is an associate at Goldberg Segalla where he focuses on financial regulatory issues and litigation.  Prior to joining Goldberg Segalla, he was...

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