Lawrence J. Fox



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Lawrence J. Fox is a partner (since 1976) and former managing partner of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, where he specializes in the counseling of law firms on professional responsibility concerns, providing advice in capital habeas proceedings and handling complex litigation.

Professional Responsibility. Larry is a nationally known author and expert on the professional responsibility of lawyers and law firms. His practice includes consulting with and counseling law firms, and participating in legal malpractice cases, on behalf of either the plaintiff or the defense. He often appears as an expert witness including several occasions as a court appointed expert. 

In addition, Larry is the Crawford Lecturer at Yale Law School, where he teaches professional responsibility and is the founder and the supervising lawyer for the Ethics Bureau at Yale, a not-for-profit provider of pro bono professional-responsibility advice.  Prior to teaching Yale, Larry was a lecturer on law at Harvard Law School, and the I. Grant Irey, Jr. adjunct professor at Penn Law School.

Articles and Books. Larry is the author of a long list of articles that have appeared in regional and national publications, covering a wide variety of subjects with particular emphasis on ethical issues. 

He has also written many books on professional responsibility. Larry has authored Legal Tender: A Lawyer’s Guide to Professional Dilemmas, American Bar Association (1995); co-authored (with Susan R. Martyn) Traversing the Ethical Minefield: Problems, Law, and Professional Responsibility, Aspen (2d ed. 2008); Red Flags: A Lawyer’s Handbook on Legal Ethics, ALI-ABA (2005); Your Lawyer: A User’s Guide, Lexis Nexis (2006); How to Deal with Your Lawyer: Answers to Commonly Asked Questions, Oxford University Press – Oceana (2008); Red Flags: A Lawyer’s Handbook On Legal Ethics 2009 Supplement, American Law Institute (2009); The Ethics of Representing Organizations: Legal Fictions for Clients, Oxford University Press (2009); co-authored (with Susan R. Martyn and W. Bradley Wendell) The Law Governing Lawyers, National Rules, Standards, Statutes, and State Lawyer Codes, Aspen (2010-2011 ed.); edited and contributed to Raise the Bar: Real World Solutions for a Troubled Profession, ABA (2007); co-edited (with Susan R. Martyn and Andrew S. Polis) and contributed to A Century of Legal Ethics, ABA (2009); and written numerous book chapters relating to internal investigations, sanctions, expert witnesses and other topics. 

In General. Larry has participated in well over 200 continuing legal education programs and has given lectures or classes at over 35 law schools. Among his many professional and community service activities, Larry was a member of the ABA Commission on the Evaluation of the Rules of Professional Conduct (Ethics 2000), Chair of the ABA Post-Conviction Death Penalty Representation Project (1996-2003), chair of the ABA Litigation Section and chair of the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility. He was sent by the United States State Department to Argentina (1997) and China (2002) as a specialist and speaker on the Role and Rights of Lawyers. Larry has made numerous television appearances on Nightline, Cross-Fire, the Today Show, Talk Back Live, Burden of Proof, CNN and MSNBC on topics ranging from the Clinton Impeachment to the Death Penalty. He won the ABA’s Pro Bono Publico Award in 2005 and the Michael Franck Award in 2007. He is also the recipient of the Howard Lesnick Pro Bono Award, given annually by the Board of Managers of the University of Pennsylvania Law School Alumni Society.

Larry received his LL.B., cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law in 1968, where he was managing editor of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review.


Journal of Legal Education
Ethics Bureau at Yale: Combining Pro Bono Professional Responsibility Advice with Ethics Education
Yale Law Journal Online
The Gang of Thirty-Three: Taking the Wrecking Ball to Client Loyalty
Non-Engaging, Engaging, and Disengaging Clients
E-Discovery Alert
Preserving Privilege for In-house Counsel
Corporate Alert
"Court Highlights Risks Associated with Attorney-Client Privilege in Parent-Subsidiary Joint Representations"
LEXIS NEXIS Bender Publications
Your Lawyer, a User's Guide
Aspen Publishers
The Law Governing Lawyers: National Rules, Standards, Statutes, and State Lawyer Codes, 2006-2007 Statutory Supplement
Managing for Success
To MDP or Not To MDP… The American Perspective
Red Flags: Legal Ethics for Lawyers and Your Lawyer, A User’s Guide
Traversing the Ethical Minefield: Problems, Law, and Professional Responsibility
The Special Litigation Committee Investigation: No Undertaking for the Faint of Heart
Legal Tender: A Guide to Professional Dilemmas

Speaking Engagements

NIU College of Law
Pennsylvania Bar Institute
Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Hot Topics CLE Series
Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Hot Topics CLE Series
American Bar Association Section of Litigation
13th Annual Institute for Law and Economic Policy (ILEP) Conference
Tulane University Law School, 19th Annual Corporate Law Institute
1st Annual National Institute on E-Discovery
Fourth National Seminar on Forensic Evidence and the Criminal Law
ALI-ABA-ABA Video Law Review Live Webcast
Legal Ethics Seminar
Judicial Ethics Debate
Panel Discussion on Supreme Court Judicial Recusals