areas of expertise
Tyler Maulsby is counsel to the Litigation, Legal Ethics & Professional Responsibility, and Securities Fraud & White Collar Defense practice groups.
Mr. Maulsby represents individuals and entities in a wide range of industries including law, media, entertainment, technology, fashion, and education, non-profit, and government.
In his legal ethics and professional responsibility practice, Mr. Maulsby represents lawyers and law firms in litigation and counseling matters. Representative matters include:
• Defending a national law firm in a multi-million dollar legal malpractice lawsuit
• Successfully defending a law firm in a motion to disqualify based on a conflict of interest in a complex federal litigation
• Representing lawyers and law firms in numerous fee disputes
• Securing a dismissal of sanctions against a lawyer in a federal class-action litigation
• Representing lawyers and law students in disciplinary and admissions proceedings
• Advising lawyers seeking to change firms or form a new firm
• Providing ongoing legal ethics and risk management advice to lawyers and law firms.
Mr. Maulsby also represents clients in commercial and criminal litigation matters in state and federal courts. His recent experience includes:
• Representing a large media company in an investigation by the United States Department of Justice
• Assisting several companies in their investigation and response to allegations of sexual assault and harassment
• Representing individuals in partnership disputes, dissolution proceedings and related business disputes
• Securing favorable outcomes for several high-profile individuals facing criminal charges and related civil allegations
Mr. Maulsby currently serves as Secretary of the Committee on Professional Ethics of the New York City Bar Association and is a member of the board of directors of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers. He is also a member of the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He frequently writes and lectures on New York legal ethics issues.
Mr. Maulsby is admitted to practice in New York state courts and federal courts in the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.
Tulane Law School (JD)
NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study (BA)
Upcoming Speaking Engagements
Past Speaking Engagements
Lights! Camera! Ethics! Why Your Favorite Movie Lawyers May Need an Ethics Lawyer
April 26 2018
December 7 2017
Legal Ethics and the Movies: Why Our Favorite Fictional Lawyers Might Need Ethics Counsel
Tyler Maulsby co-instructs this program which will explore some of the ethics issues that arise in lawyer movies including the duties of candor, competence, and the unauthorized practice of law. More information can be found here.
November 13 2017
NYSBA IP Section
Danielle Maggiacomo chairs the NYSBA IP Section's fall meeting at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Franklin LLP in New York. Tyler Maulsby moderates a panel on legal ethics at this meeting. More information about the event can be found here.
November 9 2017
Lawline Ethics CLE
Tyler Maulsby presents an ethics CLE for LawLine subscribers.
September 23 2017
The Ethics Game Show 2017: A Review of Ethical Issues
Tyler Maulsby speaks at Practising Law Institute for The Ethics Game Show.
July 12 2017
Change is Good (But Only If You Know About It) - What’s Ahead for Advertising Lawyers in 2016
Advertising law is changing all the time. There are changes from regulators, self-regulators and unions. Changes from social platforms and review sites. Changes from privacy and data security czars. Changes from courts and bar committees. To clear your campaigns with confidence, you need to stay ahead of the changes.
June 8 2016
Tyler Maulsby at PLI’s 10th Annual Patent Law Institute
Tyler Maulsby speaks at PLI's 10th Annual Patent Law Institute on the panel, "Outsourcing Legal Services and Functions – What Patent Prosecutors and Litigators Need to Know to Survive".
April 14 2016
news & press
California Supreme Court Holds that Conflict Invalidates Firm’s Engagement Letter But Says Firm Still May be Able to Get Paid
Last week, the California Supreme Court issued its decision in Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, LLP v. J-M Manufacturing Co., Inc., a decision which lawyers and law firms anxiously awaited for months.
Legal Referral Services: New Technology, New Ethics Guidelines
The New York State Bar Association Journal published Ronald Minkoff and Tyler Maulsby’s article “Legal Referral Services: New Technology, New Ethics Guidelines.” The article covers online lawyer referral services and the rules lawyers must abide by while using these services. (Reprinted with permission from: New York State Bar Association Journal, March/April 2018, Vol. 90, No. 3, published by the New York State Bar Association, One Elk Street, Albany, NY 12207.)
NYC, Nassau Bars Turn to Matt Damon, Woody Allen for Ethics CLEs
The New York Law Journal quoted Tyler Maulsby on the New York City Bar Association’s recent effort to teach legal ethics in part by showing popular movies that demonstrate real scenarios in an entertaining way. (Article behind paywall)
N.Y. State Bar Ethics Committee Takes On Avvo Legal Services, Says Model Violates Ethics Rules
Recently the New York State Bar Ethics Committee issued a pair of opinions about the limitations on a lawyer's ability to take advantage of certain on-line legal marketing services.
‘Unprofessional’ Attorney Avoids Sanctions In MLB TV Settlement
NY Court Expands Protections for Employers to Safeguard Proprietary Information
Yesterday a New York State appeals court reinstated the conviction of a former Goldman Sachs computer programmer under New York's unlawful use of secret scientific material statute. In doing so, the court gave a twenty-first century voice to a statute that was written in the age of blueprints and photocopiers.
Non-Party Has Sufficient Interest to Disqualify Law Firm from Second Circuit Case
At the request of a non-party, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently disqualified the law firm BakerHostetler LLP ("Baker") from representing its client Prevezon Holdings Ltd. ("Prevezon").
Keeping the Privilege
The New York State Bar Association published Tyler Maulsby's article entitled, "Keeping the Privilege: What the Stock Decision Means for Clients and the State of the Intra-Firm Privilege" in the Fall 2016 edition of their publication, Inside.
MLB Objector’s Attorney Says Judge Can’t Sanction Him
Less Exposure: New York Appeals Court Finds Privilege For Law Firm In-House Counsel
A New York appeals court gave attorneys a reason to celebrate just before the July 4th holiday weekend.
Not Just a New York State of Mind: Nonresident Lawyers Must Have a Physical Office in New York
On Friday, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit struck a blow to nonresident lawyers looking to practice in New York State.
Recent Estate Tax Changes Create Planning Opportunities
On April 1, 2016, the New York State ("NYS") estate tax exclusion amount increased to $4,187,500, further narrowing the gap between the NYS estate tax exclusion amount and the Federal estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer ("GST") tax exemption amounts ($5,450,000 as of January 1, 2016).
March Madness on a Different Court: Fantasy Sports and New York AG Reach Temporary Compromise
On Monday DraftKings, Inc. and FanDuel, Inc., the two largest providers of Daily Fantasy Sports ("DFS") in the US, announced an agreement with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (the "NYAG") in connection with the ongoing DFS litigation.
Recent N.Y. Ethics Opinions: March 2016
Gibbons Says New Ruling Ends DQ Bid In Pollution Suit
Does N.Y. Judiciary Law §487 Apply to Arbitrations?
Recent N.Y. Ethics Opinions: January 2016
Law Firms Win Big Case Arising from Representation of Clients with Competing Interests
Law firms often struggle to determine when the rules of professional conduct permit representation of clients who compete in the marketplace. When is it OK, for example, to represent clients with competing patents, trademarks, or copyrights? A recent Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court case provides important guidance for IP lawyers -- particularly those representing clients with patents.
New York Authorizes Temporary Practice By Out-Of-State Lawyers
In a thrilling and important development, New York has promulgated a new Court Rule, 22 NYCRR § 523 ("Section 523"), that allows lawyers admitted in other jurisdictions, but not admitted in New York, to practice here under certain circumstances.
Luv N’ Care Files $10M Malpractice Suit Against New York Attorneys
Recent N.Y. Ethics Opinions: November 2015
A Storm on the Horizon - When to Communicate with Clients About Destroyed Files
As hurricane Joaquin barrels towards the Northeast, New York lawyers may be reminded of the damage caused by Superstorm Sandy as well as other recent disasters.
A Spirit of “Cooperation”: What You Need to Know About the DOJ’s New Enforcement Policies
On Wednesday the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a memorandum outlining new policies and procedures for United States Attorneys in corporate investigations (the "Memo").
Recent NY Ethics Opinions: July/August 2015
Virtually Unclear: Will Legal Tech Companies Bridge Justice Gap or Fall into UPL Abyss?
Nicole Hyland and Tyler Maulsby contributed an article to the New York Legal Ethics Reporter titled, "Virtually Unclear: Will Legal Tech Companies Bridge Justice Gap or Fall into UPL Abyss?".
Recent NY Ethics Opinions: June 2015
Recent NY Ethics Opinions: May 2015
Bits or Mortar: Will New York Continue to Require Non-Resident Lawyers to Have Physical Offices?
For a variety of reasons, some New York lawyers choose to practice "virtually" - that is, they conduct their business primarily over the Internet, rather than through a physical law office.