Unfortunately, headlines remind us that workplace
pressures and old-fashioned greed produce seemingly
endless instances of unfair business practices, cor-
ner-cutting, financial fudging, lying and cheating.
Perhaps the most brazen recent example was Volkswa-
gen. The company paid $4.3 billion in criminal and civil
penalties, and six employees were indicted for conspiring
to cheat U.S. emissions tests.
In-house counsel are on the front lines of preventing
corporate misconduct and they are sometimes forced to
take the extreme steps of withdrawing from the representation or reporting criminal misconduct to outside
This article is not about those complete breakdowns
of the attorney-client relationship, but rather everyday
strategies in-house counsel can use to prevent and
discourage misconduct at earlier stages.
By Paul Swegle
IN A PERFECT WORLD, A
ROBUST CORPORATE ETHICS
POLICY AND REGULAR ETHICS
TRAINING WOULD PREVENT