Speakers / Authors:
Richard M. Maltz
Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz LLP
Richard M. Maltz is counsel to our Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility Group and he has more than 23 years of experience in the professional responsibility field. He represents lawyers in disciplinary matters and lawyers and law firms in partnership disputes. He also handles litigation involving professional responsibility issues, fee disputes, law firm disputes, disqualification, sanctions, and problems in the admission process for law graduates. He was recently recognized by Best Lawyers in America as one of the top attorneys in his field.
Mr. Maltz served two years as First Deputy Chief Counsel (1998-2000) and nine years as Deputy Chief Counsel (1989-1998) for the Departmental Disciplinary Committee for the Appellate Division, First Judicial Department. Prior to joining the Committee, Mr. Maltz handled both criminal and civil litigation.
Currently, Mr. Maltz is a member of the New York State Bar Committee on Professional Discipline and the New York City Bar Professional Responsibility Committee. He was creator and Chair of the New York State Trial Lawyer’s Ethics Committee.
Mr. Maltz is a former Chair of the Professional Responsibility Committee of the New York City Bar (2002-2005) and former Chair and then Co-Chair of the Ethics Committee of the Westchester County Bar Association. He served as a member of the New York County Lawyers’ Ethics Institute and was appointed to the New York State Bar Advertising Task Force. He was also former Chair of the Briarcliff Manor Ethics Board, as well as a former Referee for the Judicial Conduct Commission.
Mr. Maltz has been certified to teach an ethics CLE course by the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board and he lectures often on disciplinary and ethical issues for New York State, City, and County Bar associations and for private law firms. He has taught professional responsibility at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, and has published articles in the New York Law Journal, New York State Bar Journal, and Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics. He has also acted as an ethics expert.
Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz LLP
Nicole Hyland is counsel to the Litigation Group and Professional Responsibility Group. She handles a wide variety of cases, including legal ethics and malpractice matters, entertainment industry disputes, intellectual property cases, commercial business and contract disputes, and securities lawsuits and arbitrations. Ms. Hyland counsels lawyers and law firms on their professional responsibilities and represents defendants and plaintiffs in legal malpractice cases. She regularly conducts CLE presentations on legal ethics and professional responsibility. Ms. Hyland currently serves as the News Editor of Entertainment Law Matters, a Frankfurt Kurnit blog about disputes and developments in the film, television, publishing, theatre, music, art, gaming, and fashion industries.
Ms. Hyland is a member of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL) and serves on the Ethics Committee for the Association of the Bar of the City of New York (ABCNY). She is a member of the American Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, ABCNY, and the New York Women’s Bar Association.
Ms. Hyland graduated with honors from Fordham University School of Law in 2002, cum laude, Order of the Coif, where she was notes and articles editor of the Fordham Law Review. She participated in Fordham’s Justice and Welfare Clinic, representing Welfare recipients in connection with benefit claims and housing matters. She graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in 1990, where she was active in student government.
Katie M. Lachter
Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP
Katie M. Lachter focuses her practice primarily in attorney professional responsibility and risk management. In addition, she has substantial experience as a commercial litigator, with particular emphasis in the area of white collar criminal defense. Ms. Lachter has represented clients in matters before the SEC, FINRA and other regulatory authorities.
Ms. Lachter joined Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in February 2011. Previously she was for more than two years a senior associate with Hogan Lovells U.S. LLP, in New York. Ms. Lachter began her legal career in 2003 as a law clerk to the Honorable Bruce W. Kauffman, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania. In 2004 she went to Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. She moved to Stillman, Friedman & Shechtman, P.C. as an associate in 2007, joining Hogan Lovells in 2008.
Ms. Lachter is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York (Committee on Professional and Judicial Ethics) and the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL). She is a faculty member at the Practising Law Institute. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the Ethics FAQ page on the Bar of the City of New York’s Ethics Committee webpage.
Ms. Lachter earned her J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 2003, where she was Editor of the Journal on Legislation, and she earned her B.A., summa cum laude, from Dartmouth College in 2000. She is admitted to practice in New York and before the Southern, Eastern, and Western U.S. District Courts of New York.
Tesser, Ryan & Rochman LLP
Lewis Tesser is a senior partner in the New York law firm of Tesser, Ryan & Rochman, LLP, concentrating his practice in litigation and mediation, representing licensed professionals and professional practices, administrative law and commercial law. Lew Tesser is Vice-President of the New York County Lawyers’ Association and Director of its Ethics Institute.
Prior to private practice, Mr. Tesser was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of New York. In that capacity, he represented various agencies of the United States government in litigation in the United States District Court and United States Court of Appeals. Mr. Tesser also served as a Judge Advocate in the United States Army where he prosecuted and defended criminal cases and was the chief legal advisor to the Commanding General of the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He also has served as an Arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association, New York City Civil Court, a Judge for the Environmental Control Board of the City of New York and a lecturer for various Bar Associations and New York area law schools.
Mr. Tesser, who was admitted to practice in 1971, is a 1970 Honors graduate from the National Law Center, George Washington University, a Masters graduate from the Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania in l974, and a graduate of the Harvard Law School Program of Instruction for Lawyers.
Naomi F. Goldstein
New York First Judicial Department
Naomi F. Goldstein is a Principal Attorney in the Departmental Disciplinary Committee for the First Judicial Department. She was admitted to the Bar in New York and New Jersey in 1990 and was admitted in the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York in 1992.
She has been with the Disciplinary Committee since 1990. To date, she has represented the Committee in over 70 matters which resulted in public discipline and in numerous other matters which resulted in private discipline or dismissals. Ms. Goldstein co-chairs the Committee on Professional Discipline at the New York County Lawyers’ Association.