The Ethics of Remote Work
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The COVID-19 pandemic had the ancillary—and perhaps permanent—effect of accelerating and normalizing work-from-home trends. As more in-house counsel transition to full-time remote work, they must familiarize themselves with critical ethics rules impacted by remote practice, including how to telecommute without committing the unauthorized practice of law.
Please join Thomson Reuters and presenters Monique Abrishami (Partner, Levy Firestone Muse) and Amy E. Richardson (Partner, Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP) for this one-hour webinar.
Presenters will discuss:
  • What the virtual practice of law is
  • How the virtual practice of law differs from telecommuting
  • The exception to unauthorized-practice-of-law rules that applies to corporate counsel in most states
  • Ethical considerations that arise concerning competence, confidentiality, and supervision in a remote work environment.
In doing so, we will explore ABA Model Rules 1.6, 5.2, 5.3, and 5.5, as well as recent ABA Formal Opinion 495 (2020).
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Zach Ratzman
Director of Product Management, Practical Law US 
Thomson Reuters 
Zach Ratzman is a Director of Product Management at Thomson Reuters Practical Law, where he focuses on Practical Law for government, private sector, and law school users.  Zach joined Practical Law from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Office of the General Counsel in Washington, DC, where for nearly six years he advised senior DHS leadership on privacy, information sharing, and congressional oversight matters.  Before that, Zach worked for nearly a decade at several major New York City law firms, where his practice focused on securities fraud, commercial litigation, and white-collar criminal defense. Before entering private practice, he clerked for the late Honorable Harold Baer, Jr. in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in Manhattan.  Zach received his law degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School, where he was elected to Order of the Coif.
Monique Abrishami
Levy Firestone Muse
Monique Abrishami is a partner at Levy Firestone Muse LLP, where her practice includes white-collar criminal defense and investigations, complex civil litigation, and whistleblower representation. She has tried over fifteen cases to judgment. Prior to entering private practice, Ms. Abrishami served as a federal prosecutor in the Public Integrity Section of the Criminal Division, where she investigated and prosecuted public officials—including sitting U.S. Senator Robert Menendez—in corruption and fraud cases across the country. Ms. Abrishami graduated from Harvard Law School and Wellesley College and clerked for the Hon. Diana Gribbon Motz on the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. She is the co-chair of the Ethics Subcommittee of the ABA’s White Collar Crime Committee and a member of the Edward Bennett Williams Inn of Court.
Amy E. Richardson
Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP
Amy Richardson is a partner with Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis, where she serves as Chair of the Legal Ethics and Malpractice group.  Ms. Richardson counsels and represents lawyers and law firms on a variety of matters include disciplinary investigations, malpractice matters, partner admissions and departures, and law firm dissolutions. She teaches ethics and professional responsibility at the Georgetown University Law Center and Duke University School of Law.

Ms. Richardson has also successfully represented companies and individuals before federal and state regulatory agencies and Offices of Inspector General.  Ms. Richardson’s extensive white-collar criminal defense experience includes preparing clients for grand jury appearances and trial work. Ms. Richardson has received Chambers USA‘s top ranking for white collar crime and government investigations lawyers in North Carolina. 

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