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Anthony Davis and Noah Fiedler Author Article in The Professional Lawyer on Indemnity Provisions in Outside Counsel Guidelines

June 16, 2016

Anthony E. Davis and Noah D. Fiedler, partners in the Lawyers for the Profession® group at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, authored the article "Indemnity Provisions in Outside Counsel Guidelines: A Tale of Unintended Consequences" published by The Professional Lawyer, a periodical on ethics and professionalism by the American Bar Association (ABA). 

The article discuses how client outside counsel guidelines ("OCGs") are taking on increasing significance as more corporate and financial institution clients develop broad forms of OCGs and adopt policies requiring them for all outside counsel engagements. In the article, Mr. Davis and Mr. Fiedler provide an overview of the factors underlying the increase OCGs generally and then discuss how OCGs, and particularly the provisions commonly included in OCGs that require law firms to indemnify clients, actually threaten the professional independence of lawyers and the legal profession as a whole.

To read the full article, "Indemnity Provisions in Outside Counsel Guidelines: A Tale of Unintended Consequences," visit the ABA website.

Anthony Davis is best described as a lawyer's lawyer. Mr. Davis is a member of the Lawyers for the Profession® practice group and his practice focuses on the laws that govern lawyers. He advises attorneys and law firms on legal professional and ethics issues, law firm creation, merger and dissolution, risk management and loss control.

Noah Fiedler helps corporations and public entities avoid litigation and prevail in complex disputes. Having served as chief executive officer of a trade association for several years and as an elected official, Mr. Fiedler has a unique vantage point from which he assesses clients' problems and devises solutions. He counsels on risk management and resolves commercial disputes through negotiation, mediation or, if necessary, litigation.

Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP is a U.S. based law firm with offices in 11 states and London. The firm's national reputation spans the insurance industry, the professional services sector—including representation of law firms and lawyers—and other highly regulated industries, such as banking and finance and the debt collection sector. Hinshaw also provides a series of closely coordinated litigation, business advisory and transactional services to clients of all sizes as well as governmental and public sector entities.