Abraham C. Reich and Andrea E. Utecht Contribute Chapter to Successful Partnering Between Inside and Outside Counsel TreatiseApril 12, 2010 – Press Releases
Abraham C. Reich, partner at Fox Rothschild LLP, and Andrea E. Utecht, vice president, general counsel and secretary for FMC Corporation, have recently authored a chapter on ethics in the 2010 edition of the multivolume treatise Successful Partnering Between Inside and Outside Counsel. Beth L. Weisser of Fox Rothschild was also a contributor to the chapter.
Successful Partnering Between Inside and Outside Counsel is a four-volume treatise that is a joint project of West and the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC). The 275 authors include the general counsel of more than 80 Fortune 500 companies and the senior partners of many major law firms. The treatise covers all aspects of corporate law department operations and management, 30 substantive law subjects and all aspects of the relationships between inside and outside counsel.
“Our chapter provides insight to the most pressing ethical issues both in-house and outside counsel must deal with in any corporation. We break down what we felt were the greatest ethical dilemmas, strategically laying out solutions, scenarios and rules and guidelines to abide by for both types of counsel,” said Reich.
Reich and Utecht’s chapter, titled “Chapter 31: Ethics,” covers the issues in-house and outside counsel are confronted with regarding legal ethics and professional responsibility. The chapter offers up sources for resolving ethical questions, ways to promote a corporation’s ethical conduct and the responsibilities of partnering counsel.
Reich and Utecht delved into the relationship factors often prevalent in corporations between in-house and outside counsel, specifically dealing with the selection, supervision and handling of differences of opinions. They made sure to cover such topics as protecting confidential information and the importance of maintaining independent professional judgment.
The chapter focused on ensuring both in-house and outside counsel were aware of their duty to communicate, respecting the authority reserved to clients and how best to foster an environment for ethical behavior.
Prior to joining FMC in 2001, Utecht was senior vice president, secretary and general counsel of the Philadelphia-based Arkema Chemicals (formerly known as Atofina Chemicals), a subsidiary of the Total Group. She had been with Arkema and its predecessor companies for 20 years, including three years as vice president for acquisitions and divestitures.
Utecht received her B.A. from Elmira College, Elmira, N.Y., and graduated from the joint MBA/JD program at the University of Pennsylvania. She also earned her M.S. in operations research at Penn.
Reich serves as co-chair of Fox Rothschild. His practice encompasses all aspects of business litigation including antitrust, securities, trade secrets, legal ethics and professional responsibility and alternative dispute resolution. Reich represents attorneys and law firms and serves as an expert witness in legal ethics, professional responsibility and law firm matters. He often lectures and writes on business litigation, legal ethics and professional responsibility.
Reich earned his J.D. from Temple University School of Law in 1974 where he was a member of the Law Review, and his B.A. from the University of Connecticut.
Weisser focuses her legal practice on complex commercial litigation matters. Representing clients in a wide range of industries, she places particular emphasis on those in the health care field, as well as companies in specialized industries.
Weisser serves on the Philadelphia Bar Association's Investigative Division of the Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention and on the board of directors of New Directions for Women. She earned her J.D. from Villanova University School of Law in 2004 and her B.A. from The George Washington University in 2001