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Ethics in Context: Summer Ethics 2014

Author(s): Carole L. Basri, Jennifer A. Paradise, Stephen D. Brody, Helen V. Cantwell
Practice Area: Ethics/Professional Responsibility
Published: Jul 2014
PLI Item #: 51512
CHB Spine #: F254

Practice Experience

Ms. Paradise is General Counsel of White & Case LLP. As such, she advises the Firm's lawyers on issues relating to professional responsibility, serves as the Firm's Employment Counsel, and is a member of the Firm's Global Risk Management Committee.

Prior to joining White & Case, Ms. Paradise practiced in the litigation department at another leading firm where she litigated matters on behalf of financial service and communications industry clients.

Ms. Paradise is a member of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility. She is also a member of the Committee on Professional Responsibility of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. She frequently lectures on issues pertaining to professional responsibility.

Ms. Paradise is a graduate of Columbia Law School where she was an Editor of the Columbia Law Review and a Stone and Kent Scholar. Ms. Paradise clerked for the Honorable Nina Gershon, United States District Court Judge for the Eastern District of New York from 2002-2003.

Professional Associations

Member, American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility
Member, Committee on Professional Responsibility of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York

Bars and Courts

New York State Bar, 2005


JD, Columbia University School of Law, Editor, Columbia Law Review, Stone Scholar, Kent Scholar, 2001

MA, English, Carnegie Mellon University, 1997

BA, Barnard College, cum laude, 1993




United States

Carole Basri is an adjunct professor at Fordham University Law School and a visiting professor at Peking University School of Transactional Law. She is currently the Compliance Advisor of the Fordham Corporate Compliance program, which includes a certificate and LLM in Corporate Compliance launched in 2012. From 1995 to 2011, she was an adjunct professor of Corporate Law with the University of Pennsylvania Law School and held The Grant Irey Lectureship. She also has been an adjunct professor with New York Law School and Benjamin N. Cardozo Law School. Ms. Basri, a Senior Fulbright Scholar, also was a visiting professor at Hebrew University Law School in March 2008.

Ms. Basri is a graduate of Barnard College and NYU School of Law, where she was a member of its National Moot Court Team. She then joined the Federal Government, where she was an Assistant Counsel with the United States Senate Antitrust and Monopoly Subcommittee and an attorney with the Federal Trade Commission. She later became in-house counsel with the advertising agency, NW Ayer Inc., and left to become an associate, first with Baker & McKenzie and then with Hall Dickler Lawler Kent and Friedman. Ms. Basri then became in-house counsel with Maidenform Inc. and a consultant with the Perrier Group Inc. From 1994 to 2002, she was a consultant to Deloitte & Touche LLP, where she helped to create its Ethics and Compliance practice. During this time, she also served as General Counsel of China On Line Inc.

For ten years, she served as co-chair of PLI’s Conferences on Corporate Compliance. She has chaired the Ethics for In-House Counsel seminar since 2004, chaired the Global Financial Crisis conference from July 2008 to 2010, and chaired and created the Ethics and Law Department Management Seminar in 2012. She has also been Co-Chair of the Fordham University Law School Corporate Investments Compliance Forum, which was held on April 2, 2012.

From 2010 until 2012, Ms. Basri was the Senior Vice President of B3 Legal, a national legal and compliance staffing company that provides, among other things, attorneys and compliance professionals to serve as in-house counsel attorneys and Compliance Officers at financial institutions.  In addition, she has been Executive Director of the Greater NY Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) for over 10 years (until September 2006). She also currently serves as a member of the Executive Committee and co-chair of the Corporate Compliance Committee of the International Law and Practice Section of the New York State Bar Association; a member of the Practicing Law Institute’s Corporate General Counsel Advisory Committee; a member of the International Council of the Bar of the City of New York and former co-chair of the International Legal Education and Certification Committee of the International Section of the American Bar Association; and a member of the task force on the Future of the Legal Profession of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

Ms. Basri is also President of the Corporate Lawyering Group LLC, which advises on corporate compliance programs. She has created comprehensive compliance and ethics programs for major corporations, including the Dunn & Bradstreet Corporation, Cendant, Benjamin Moore & Co. and Dannon Inc. These programs were all launched within nine months and, in many cases, in multiple languages and locations. She also provides advice on law department management, document retention and corporate governance issues. Since the first Corporate Lawyering Accreditation Conference in 1999, the Corporate Lawyering Group has developed conferences and programs on corporate and international law, as well as on ethics. She has served on the Academic Committee of the INTERPOL Anti-Corruption Academy from June 2007 until 2011, where she has worked on creating a curriculum for addressing corporate corruption.

Carolina Academic Press just published two casebooks by Ms.  Basri: Corporate Legal Departments and Corporate Compliance.  She is co-author of Corporate Legal Departments (4rd edition) published by the PLI, which was translated into Chinese in 2010 by China Free Press, and the editor of International Corporate Practice, published by PLI. She is the co-editor of eDiscovery for Corporate Counsel for West Publishing and the editor of Corporate Compliance Practice Guide: The Next Generation of Compliance, which was published by Lexis Nexis in 2009. She is also the editor of three PLI Handbooks on the Global Financial Crisis published from 2008 to 2010 and the PLI handbook Ethics and Law Department in 2012. Ms. Basri received the 2001 Lexis Nexis/ Corporate Legal Times Leadership Award and was the keynote moderator at the LegalTech West Coast Conference in June 2009 in Los Angeles, CA.

Helen V. Cantwell is a litigation partner with extensive trial experience. Her practice focuses on white collar criminal defense, regulatory enforcement actions, and internal investigations. Ms. Cantwell represents a wide range of individuals, companies, schools, and nonprofits, and she frequently advises clients on their compliance obligations. She is also a Clinical Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School.

Chambers USA (2014) recognizes Ms. Cantwell as a leading practitioner in white collar criminal defense and investigations matters. Clients note that she is a “very confident advocate” and commend her “standout judgment and attention to detail.”

While much of Ms. Cantwell’s work is not public, some of her representative white collar and regulatory matters include:

  • Toyota Motor Corporation in connection with various state and federal investigations;
  • A top national bank in an investigation by the District Attorney for New York County into allegations of money laundering and fraud;
  • A top national bank in an investigation by the DOJ into mortgage-related matters;
  • A major U.S. bank in various investigations regarding subprime auto lending;
  • A bank executive responsible for the setting of LIBOR in investigations by the SEC, CFTC, and DOJ;
  • The Chief Risk Officer of a hedge fund in civil litigation and investigations relating to the Bernard L. Madoff matter;
  • A payments processing company in an internal investigation regarding accounting fraud and embezzlement;
  • Private equity clients in governmental investigations and litigations relating to fallout from the financial crisis and the collapse of MF Global;
  • Ongoing compliance advice to clients regarding the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the UK Bribery Act, the Dodd-Frank Act, the CFPB, consumer finance, and anti-money laundering;
  • Current and former corporate executives in DOJ, SEC, and CFTC investigations involving allegations of securities fraud, theft of trade secrets, and other matters;
  • Various matters before the District Attorneys in New York, the New York State Attorney General, the New York State Department of Financial Services, and other state attorneys general; and
  • Ongoing advice and counseling to schools and other educational institutions in sensitive sexual abuse investigations.

Her civil experience includes:

  • Representation of a leading insurance company in the successful settlement after jury selection of a securities litigation arising from its demutualization;
  • Representation of Metromedia International Group in a trial in Delaware Chancery Court (In re Appraisal of Metromedia); and
  • Representation of Syracuse University in a defamation suit arising out of comments made by the basketball coach during an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Cantwell served for eight years as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. During her tenure in the US Attorney’s Office, she was a member of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force and worked closely with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Commodities Futures Trading Commission and other law enforcement and regulatory agencies. Ms. Cantwell joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 2000, after four years as an Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney’s Office. She is a recipient of the Department of Justice Director’s Award for Superior Performance as a Federal Prosecutor.

Before the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, Ms. Cantwell spent a year working in Malaysia with the International Women’s Rights Action Watch, under a fellowship grant from the Henry Luce Foundation.

Ms. Cantwell joined Debevoise in 2008. She earned her J.D. cum laude in 1995 from Harvard Law School, where she was President of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, and her B.A. magna cum laude from Wellesley College in 1992.