“Vetting Controversial Clients: How AmLaw 200 Firms Do It”
American Lawyer, May 3, 2011
William Schuman, head of McDermott’s professional responsibility committee, said the Firm’s client intake process includes conflict checks and review of public information. “We, like most big firms, have become more cautious and want to be careful about not taking on bad risk,” he stated. Mr. Schuman added that such a process “doesn’t mean we don’t defend clients that need defense,” but rather that “the principle can have limits,” as in looking carefully at a matter that could “demoralize people at the firm.” Such matters are “red flagged” and reviewed by the firm’s leadership, he said.