In 2012, the Ukrainian government commissioned an independent study into whether its prosecution of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko was politically motivated. A team from Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP spent more than 6,000 hours on the report. The work earned the firm about $5 million. However, ethics experts agree that there were many aspects of the Skadden job that should have scared off attorneys.
In this article published in Law360, partner James Walker explains why lawyers need to be on the lookout for red flags when taking on controversial clients. "Firms are wise to be careful in their intake procedures, to ask themselves, 'Are we confident that the foreign government we're representing is acting appropriately and isn't using us in some way that could come back to haunt us?'" Mr. Walker stated on government enforcement actions and professional liability.
Will Skadden's $11M Ukraine Deal Alter Firms' Foreign Work? - Law360 (subscription required)