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Ethical Considerations in Conducting Investigations

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Investigations by lawyers are an essential element of most litigation matters. Ethics rules make it clear what lawyers can say and do and they also outline what investigators can do on the attorney’s behalf. This CLE presentation will provide a strong understanding of the ethical issues involved in conducting investigations.

The course will address the following topics:

  • Understanding what investigators can and cannot do
  • Knowing the difference between ethical violations and criminal violations
  • The types of due diligence information that is available on individuals and corporations
  • Practical considerations when conducting ?eld investigations, including witness statements, surveillance and locate investigations
  • Learning about the distinction between an investigation in the United States versus one conducted in other countries
  • Learning about how technology is impacting investigations

Lecturer Bio

William Belmont, Esq.

The Belmont Group, a New York based national investigation firm, was founded by investigative attorney William B. Belmont. Mr. Belmont has over 30 years of experience in the investigation, due diligence and security field. In addition to having worked as a law enforcement officer and trial attorney, Mr. Belmont served as Director of Operations for the New York office of an international investigation and security consulting firm.

Mr. Belmont has overseen the management of thousands of corporate investigations involving fraud, workplace misconduct, brand protection and theft of trade secrets. Additionally, he has managed thousands of investigations for national and international law firms. Also, he has developed and implemented due diligence protocols for dozens of financial institutions to ensure the integrity of their investments. He provides clients with pre-incident consulting, including vulnerability surveys, threat assessments and crisis management plans and procedures. Furthermore, Mr. Belmont provides security consulting services to clients for personal and private events.

Mr. Belmont oversees the implementation of increased security measures for many corporate clients. He serves as a member of crisis management teams, assisting with contingency plans for critical occurrences, such as terrorist attacks, natural disasters, computer network penetrations, business interruptions and incidents of workplace violence. Mr. Belmont is also a frequent speaker on post 9/11 corporate security issues and appeared on Fox News following the World Trade Center attack.

Mr. Belmont has managed numerous litigation investigations for national and international law firms, including: a national identity theft for a Fortune 500 corporation, fraud at a large real estate company, and numerous domestic and international intellectual property investigations. With a background as a trial attorney and investigative attorney, Belmont has considerable experience investigating civil and criminal matters in a wide range of industries including finance, fashion, entertainment and real estate.

As a trial attorney, Mr. Belmont specialized in fraud, premises liability, labor law and products liability cases. He successfully won defense verdicts on behalf of Greyhound and Allied Security and was responsible for coordinating trial strategies directed at perpetrators of fraud against numerous insurance companies. He was also responsible for coordinating the security program for the Anti-Defamation League and Isaac Mizrahi’s international fashion shows.

In addition to his experience as an attorney, Mr. Belmont served as a police officer in Mesa, Arizona. He began his college career playing lacrosse at Bucknell University and received his B.A. in criminal justice from The George Washington University and his J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Mr. Belmont’s community service activities include serving as President of the Lynbrook School Board and volunteering as an assistant varsity football coach, as well as a youth coach for boys and girls lacrosse and basketball teams.

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