The Ethics of Representing Organizations Legal Fictions for Clients

The Ethics of Representing Organizations Legal Fictions for Clients

by Lawrence Fox, Susan J Martyn
     
 

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Whether a company, organization, entity, family business, a publicly held corporation, non-profit, or even the government, the legal representation of an organization is rarely as straightforward as representing a single person. The client in such cases is a construct-a legal fiction-that often operates through many individuals with different roles, views, and

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Whether a company, organization, entity, family business, a publicly held corporation, non-profit, or even the government, the legal representation of an organization is rarely as straightforward as representing a single person. The client in such cases is a construct-a legal fiction-that often operates through many individuals with different roles, views, and interests, and therefore requires an attorney to consider any number of special professional-responsibility issues. The Ethics of Representing Organizations: Legal Fictions for Clients is the first book to practically address ethics within the special context of representing entities.

Fox and Martyn have combined their extensive legal knowledge and designed an accessible aid for attorneys-whether in the representation of an organization as outside counsel or as in-house counsel-in this increasingly important and complex but often-neglected process. The Ethics of Representing Organizations not only outlines ethical duties for lawyers, but also includes strategic remedies and suggestions for ethical problems as they arise.

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"In this illuminating and provocative book, Professors Fox and Martyn lay out useful guideposts to help lawyers navigate through the complexities, conundrums and uncertainties that stem from representing organizational clients. Through clear exposition of real-world dilemmas and thoughtful analysis of possible solutions, The Ethics of Representing Organizations will serve as an invaluable and thought-provoking resource for even the most experienced lawyers. Readers of this book will have a considerable advantage in meeting professional obligations and their clients' expectations. The authors have provided a work of scholarly merit and practical benefit to individual lawyers and the legal profession as a whole."
---Kenneth C. Frazier President, Global Human Health Merck & Co., Inc.

"A concise and crisp guide for staying out of trouble in the complex world of modern practice."
---Geoffrey C. Hazard Trustee Professor, University of Pennsylvania Law School Professor Emeritus, Yale Law School

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195371543
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/03/2009
Pages:
440
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Lawrence J. Fox is a partner at Drinker Biddle & Reath where he specializes in corporate and securities litigation; he has published extensively in the field of ethics and is known as a leading expert on the topic.

Susan J. Martyn is the Stoepler Professor of Law and Values at the University of Toledo College of Law, where she teaches Legal Ethics, Bioethics & Law, and Health Care Provider Liability; she too has published extensively on the issue of legal ethics.

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