Katie Lachter focuses her practice on attorney professional responsibility and risk management. She represents lawyers and law firms with respect to all aspects of legal ethics and the law governing lawyers. Having previously practiced for eight years as a litigator in both civil and criminal cases, Ms.
Lachter is skilled in identifying potential problems before they arise and advocating on her clients' behalf. She is also a national award-winning writer and a frequent speaker on professional responsibility issues.
Ms. Lachter's practice includes:
Bar admissions and reinstatements
Sanctions and contempt proceedings
Disqualification and withdrawal motions
Attorney-client privilege and confidentiality issues
Conflicts of interest
Law firm risk management
Legal malpractice actions
Prior to joining Hinshaw & Culbertson in February 2011, Ms. Lachter was an associate in several leading New York law firms, including the renowned litigation department at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, where she worked on matters for the firm's largest client. From 2003–2004, she was a law clerk to the Honorable Bruce W. Kauffman, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
New York City Bar Association, Committee on Professional Ethics, Member
Practising Law Institute, Faculty Member (2010–Present)
Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL) Member (2011–Present)
New York Women's Bar Association, Ethics Committee, Member (2013–Present)
Honors & Awards
2012 recipient of the Burton Award for Distinguished Legal Writing
Legal Aid Society’s 2009 Pro Bono Publico Award, 2009
"Ethics in the Electronic Age: Be Careful When Using That Smart Phone, Blackberry, Tablet, Blog, Social Network . . ." New York City Bar Internet & Consumer Law series, New York, New York, June 2012.
"IP Lawyer Ethical Issues," Intellectual Property Law Institute 2011, New York, New York, September 2011.
"Playing Smart: Civility and Professionalism," Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL) Annual Meeting, Toronto, Ontario, August 2011.
"Ethics for Business/Transactional Lawyers," New York State Bar Association seminar, Uniondale, New York, June 2011.
"What Every Attorney Must Know About Ethics, Parts I and II," at the Practising Law Institute, New York, New York, August and December 2010.
Co-author of "E-data and the 'All Records' Exception," published by Law360, March 2011.
Editor-in-Chief of the Ethics FAQ page on the Bar of the City of New York’s Ethics Committee webpage.
Central Park Conservancy, member
Lawyers for the Profession®
Counselors for the Profession®
Litigators for the Profession®
J.D., cum laude, Harvard Law School, 2003
Editor, Journal on Legislation
B.A., summa cum laude, Government, Dartmouth College, 2000
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York
Mr. Stewart’s practice focuses principally on the financial services industry, where he handles litigation matters for domestic and international clients before federal and state trial and appellate courts, in arbitration forums, as well as before the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation and the U.S. Supreme Court. He advises clients on a range of complex commercial matters, including antitrust, bankruptcy, class action defense, ethics, intellectual property, internal investigations, securities litigation, and tax controversies.
Mr. Stewart was featured by the New York Law Journal in the “Top Trials of 2005” for his successful representation of Theodore Sihpol, the first person in U.S. history to be criminally charged for “late trading” mutual funds. More recently, Mr. Stewart successfully represented Gary Prince against the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. In May of 2013, after a three week bench trial in federal court, the judge dismissed all six charges of securities fraud against Mr. Prince.
Mr. Stewart previously served twelve years as Executive Vice President and General Counsel for The Nikko Securities Co. International Inc., and as a director of Nikko Financial Services Inc. Additionally, Mr. Stewart served as First Vice President, Associate General Counsel, and Head of Litigation at E.F. Hutton & Company Inc. Since 2003, Mr. Stewart has been tasked by Goldman, Sachs & Co. to, among other things, oversee and litigate all of the disputes arising out of the company’s Private Wealth Management Division.
Mr. Stewart is a visiting professor at Cornell University and an adjunct law professor at Fordham Law School. He has been a regularly contributing columnist for the New York Law Journal since 1990 and has published over 200 articles on diverse legal subjects. He is also frequently featured in the national media and regularly speaks across the country on securities, professional responsibility, and complex litigation issues.
Recognized as a Super Lawyer for Securities Litigation since 2009, Mr. Stewart has also been hailed as a "Local Litigation Star" by Benchmark Litigation since 2010. In 2016, Mr. Stewart received the Stanford D Levy Award from the New York State Bar Association's Ethics Committee for having "significantly contributed to an understanding of professional ethics by the publication of an article, commentary or a series of articles or commentaries on the subject." In 2008, he received the Modaq Content Award for writing the most popular article in the United States. Since 1980, Mr. Stewart has been AV(R) Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.