July 07, 2017
Taylor Porter Partner Mike Walsh, who regularly represents lawyers, law firms, and judges in disciplinary proceedings, malpractice matters, professional liability claims and ethics violations, presented “Ethics Update: Digital is Forever,” at the 26th Annual Southeastern Environmental Law & Regulation Conference CLE Seminar, held June 16, 2017, at the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort in Sandestin, Florida.
The Conference was sponsored by the environmental law sections of the Louisiana State Bar Association, Alabama State Bar, and The Mississippi Bar. In addition to Walsh’s presentation, the conference updated environmental attorneys from across the Southeast region on EPA’s Next Generation Compliance Policy; Litigation Under the Clean Water Act; Sustainable Infrastructure Development; Federal and State Regulatory Updates; and Protection of Environmental Assets in Bankruptcy.
Walsh discussed some of the latest local and national cases that have been affected by social media postings on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, among others, and the impact of the digital media world on those court rulings. He also discussed ethical issues involving social media, including confidentiality, giving legal advice, and respect for the legal process, and the cautions for attorneys posting to social media, also with respect to protecting clients and their social media posts as well.
Walsh is an adjunct professor of law at Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center, where he teaches a course on Professional Responsibility and Ethics, and he is a frequent lecturer on ethics, professionalism, and litigation skills. Walsh has instructed prosecutors, defenders, federal investigators on professional liability and ethics, both internationally (Austria, Canada), and nationally (Louisiana, Florida, California).
Walsh, who is the former chairman of the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board, advises clients on all aspects of the Rules of Professional Conduct. He represents clients in misconduct investigations by the Office of Disciplinary Counsel, administrative hearings and proceedings before the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board, and appeals from the Office of Disciplinary Counsel and the Committee on Bar Admissions to the Louisiana Supreme Court. Walsh also represents judges before the Louisiana Judiciary Commission.
Practicing law since 1984, Walsh represents individual and corporate clients in complex criminal and civil litigation and enforcement cases throughout the country. In addition to professional liability, his practice involves public corruption, antitrust, healthcare, False Claims Act, Lacey Act, environmental matters, and complex criminal cases. Walsh serves as a member of the Taylor Porter Executive Committee and also chair of Taylor Porter's Criminal Defense and Domestic Relations Law practice. He was ranked by Best Lawyers® as the Criminal Defense: Non-White Collar “Lawyer of the Year” in 2016, and he has been selected by his peers among Louisiana Super Lawyers® in Criminal Defense Law.