Brooks Pierce Attorneys Present Continuing Legal Education on Possible Ethical Pitfalls in Internal Investigations


Brooks Pierce recently sponsored an event for Triad members of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) in Greensboro. Attorneys Shana Fulton, Daniel Adams and Kearns Davis delivered a continuing legal education presentation entitled “Avoiding Ethical Pitfalls While Investigating a Corporate Crisis” to in-house counsel from companies throughout the Triad.

In the presentation, Fulton, Adams and Davis discussed potential ethical dilemmas corporate counsel may encounter while investigating white-collar crime and compliance issues. Ethical factors include today’s corporate environment of transparency, society’s social media usage to air workplace grievances and government encouragement of corporate self-reporting. The discussion was framed around a hypothetical investigation of corporate embezzlement by senior executives amidst sexual assault allegations and the threat of a shareholder civil suit.

Adams, a former New York City litigator, represents individuals, small businesses and large corporations in government investigations, white-collar criminal prosecution and complex business litigation. Davis, a former federal prosecutor and leader in the firm’s white-collar defense and investigations practice, represents clients in federal and complex business litigation in trial and appellate courts across the country. Fulton, also a former federal prosecutor, represents businesses and individuals in investigations and white-collar and complex civil litigation.

The ACC is a global bar association that promotes the common professional and business interests of in-house counsel through education, information, advocacy initiatives and networking opportunities. The ACC has more than 35,000 members employed by over 10,000 organizations worldwide.

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