The Business World's Most Ethical Lawyers
Ethisphere, a magazine that covers ethics in business practices and corporate citizenship, recently came out with its list of the 100 most influential people in business ethics. The list recognizes individuals in 2008 "who pushed the envelope in legal compliance, business ethics, sustainability or social responsibility." I found 19 lawyers on the list -- not a bad showing for the legal profession in promoting business ethics.
- Kim Yong-chul, former in-house lawyer for Samsung who blew the whistle on corporate bribery.
- Mark F. Mendelsohn, deputy chief of the DOJ's Fraud Section, for his diligence in enforcing the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
- Myron Steele, chief justice of the Delaware Supreme Court, for his leadership of the court that charts the course of corporate governance.
- Philip Collins, chair of the U.K. Office of Fair Trading, for his efforts to encourage fair competition.
- Barack Obama, U.S. president-elect, for making ethics a cornerstone of his administration.
- Ben W. Heineman Jr., former GE general counsel, for his book on business ethics, High Performance with High Integrity.
- R. Alexander Acosta, U.S. attorney for Florida's Southern District, for prosecuting executives for illegal financial transactions.
- Jed Rakoff, U.S. district judge in New York's Southern District, for dismissing Johnson & Johnson's trademark lawsuit against the Red Cross.
- Larry Thompson, senior VP and general counsel at PepsiCo, for bringing his experience as a deputy AG in-house.
- Sven Holmes, executive vice chair, legal and compliance, at KPMG, for raising the bar for accounting ethics.
- Nancy Boswell, president of Transparency International USA, for her leadership of a major organization that focuses on ethical practices.
- Henry Waxman, U.S. representative from California, for his emphasis on the ethics of the financial industry bailout.
- Kathleen M. Hamann, chair of the American Bar Association's Anti-Corruption Initiatives & Compliance Issues Committee, for her leadership.
- Victor Marrero, U.S. district judge in New York's Southern District, for effectively extending whistleblower protections to foreigners.
- Patrick Fitzgerald, U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, for his willingness to take on high-profile people.
- Odell Guyton, director of compliance at Microsoft, for his effectiveness at one of the world's largest companies.
- Harry Woolf, former lord chief justice of England and Wales, for heading an investigation of an arms deal.
- Kim Hyun-sung and Park Jin-shik, attorneys at Sangsun and Park and Next Law, for representing victims of Korea's largest personal information leak.
The list does not identify honorees as lawyers unless they are so employed, so it might include even others.
Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on January 14, 2009 at 02:17 PM | Permalink
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