Legal Ethics

Suit Accuses Sheppard Mullin of Conflict

Pan Am is accusing Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton of a conflict of interest in a malpractice suit.

The complaint contends the law firm agreed to represent Pan Am’s general counsel even though it had represented two Pan Am subsidiaries in the past, Legal Times reports. The suit claims Sheppard Mullin did not disclose the representation for several months and did not reveal that the general counsel, John Nadolny, was under investigation for forging a bond to secure a settlement between the company and the Air Line Pilots Association.

Washington, D.C., lawyer Alan Strasser, who represents Sheppard Mullin, told the newspaper his client did nothing wrong. “My clients believe that they made proper professional judgments, gave excellent advice to their clients, and complied fully with applicable ethical standards,” he said.

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