areas of expertise
Tyler Maulsby is a partner in the Litigation, Legal Ethics & Professional Responsibility, and White Collar Defense & Investigations practice groups. He is listed as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine (2019-2021).
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 chair of the New York City Bar Association’s Committee on Professional Ethics and is an adjunct professor at NYU School of Law where he teaches Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility. He is the President-Elect of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers and is a member of the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility, the ABA Standing Committee on Public Protection in the Provision of Legal Services, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He is the managing editor of the Frankfurt Kurnit Professional Responsibility blog and is a co-host of Frankfurt Kurnit’s webcast and podcast series Remotely Ethical.
Mr. Maulsby is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, as well as the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the District of New Jersey. Before joining Frankfurt Kurnit, Mr. Maulsby was a criminal defense attorney with The Bronx Defenders, a public defense office in New York City.
awards & recognition
Super Lawyers magazine "Rising Star” (2019-2021)
Tulane Law School (J.D.)
NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study (B.A.)
Upcoming Speaking Engagements
Past Speaking Engagements
Ethics Quiz Show! (The Legal Ethics Year in Review)
August 6 2022
9th Video Game Bar Association Summit
May 24 2022
The Journal of the Legal Profession Virtual Symposium 2021
Tyler Maulsby presents, “The Constitutional and Ethical Implications of Government Surveillance” during The University of Alabama School of Law and The Journal of the Legal Profession's “What Do You Do When the Man’s Spying on You: The Intersection of Government Surveillance and Legal Advocacy" virtual symposium.
March 26 2021
Frankfurt Kurnit’s Third Annual Litigation Ethics Summit Webinar
Frankfurt Kurnit is hosting its Third Annual Litigation Ethics Summit -- a complimentary CLE for corporate counsel, law firm general counsel, partners with responsibility for law firm compliance and risk management, and other lawyers with interest in professional responsibility issues. Read more.
November 13 2020
California Lawyers Association: Shelter In Place Institute
Edward Rosenthal, Nicole Hyland and Tyler Maulsby present "Copyright Trolls & Ethics: A Case Study on Richard Liebowitz" during the California Lawyers Association section on Intellectual Property Law's Shelter In Place Institute. More information here.
November 10 2020
3rd Annual LF Dealmakers Forum
Tyler Maulsby presents “Legal, Regulatory, and Ethics Developments” during the 3rd Annual LF Dealmakers Forum.
October 15 2020
Practicing Law in a Pandemic: Remote Lawyering in the Age of COVID-19
April 21 2020
Practicing Law in a Pandemic: The Ethical Issues with Remote Lawyers in the Age of COVID-19
April 17 2020
Practicing Law in a Pandemic: Remote Lawyering in the Age of COVID-19 PART II
The legal industry has dramatically changed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. More and more law firms across the country (and the world) are instructing attorneys and staff to work from home. For many, this is a significant change from what daily practice used to look like and lawyers are being asked to quickly adapt. But as we move to remote work platforms, the risk of mishandling confidential information and violating important duties to clients increases. How do you manage the risks to you, your firm and your client while also keeping up with the latest rules and opinions? Also, if you are tasked with managing your firm through this crisis, what immediate and long term steps should you be taking? Join us online for Part II of our Practicing Law in a Pandemic series. Read more.
March 31 2020
Practicing Law in a Pandemic: Remote Lawyering in the Age of COVID-19 PART I
Join us online as two of New York’s leading ethics lawyers team up with an accomplished privacy law practitioner to spot the issues and suggest solutions for both private lawyers and in-house counsel who are adapting to working from home. You’ll receive valuable tips to share with your legal colleagues, IT and other staff—to reduce the risks as you navigate this uncertain time. Read more.
March 27 2020
Lights, Camera, Ethics!: Why Your Favorite Movie Lawyers May Need an Ethics Lawyer
Tyler Maulsby presents “Lights, Camera, Ethics!: Why Your Favorite Movie Lawyers May Need an Ethics Lawyer” during a CLE program for the New York City Bar.
November 7 2019
Frankfurt Kurnit’s Second Annual Litigation Ethics Summit
Frankfurt Kurnit hosts its Second Annual Litigation Ethics Summit -- a complimentary CLE for corporate counsel, law firm general counsel, partners with responsibility for law firm compliance and risk management, and other lawyers with interest in professional responsibility issues. Read more.
October 24 2019
The Ethics Game Show 2019: A Review of Ethical Issues
Tyler Maulsby is part of an expert panel discussing pertinent ethical rules in a fun, unconventional way for PLI’s event in New York.
June 26 2019
American Bar Association CLE
May 20 2019
American Bar Association: Litigation Section’s Annual Meeting
Tyler Maulsby speaks about the new ABA Model Rules on advertising during the American Bar Association’s Litigation Sections Annual Meeting.
May 2 2019
MLRC: Advertising and Commercial Speech Committee
Tyler Maulsby discusses advertising of marijuana/CBD products during a Media Law Resource Center advertising and commercial speech committee call.
May 1 2019
The Litigation Funding Forum
April 4 2019
7th Annual Institute on Not-for-Profit Law
Tyler Maulsby speaks at the 7th Annual Institute on Not-for-Profit Law
March 29 2019
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
Tyler Maulsby moderates a panel on legal ethics at the NYSBA IP Section's fall meeting at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Franklin LLP in New York.
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. Read more.
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
Does Dentons’ Big Malpractice Verdict Matter To Anyone Else?
Partner Tyler Maulsby Elected President-Elect of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers
The Swedish magazine, Advokaten published by the Swedish Lawyers Association features Tyler Maulsby in a half page article on the ethics of lawyers and politics in the United States.
Morelli Speaks Out About Legal Fight with Client Over $5.5M in Disputed Fees
The New York Law Journal mentions Nicole Hyland and Tyler Maulsby as counsel to Mark Perez in his dispute with Benedict Morelli over an additional fee for appellate work. (Behind paywall) View Article
High-Profile Personal Injury Lawyer, Client Who Won Record $20M Award Sue Each Other Over Part of Settlement
Big Law is Split on Letting Lawyers Trade Crypto
Ethics Awareness, Education Up as Attorney Discipline Falls
Movie Lawyers Could Use a Lesson in Legal Ethics
Law360 covers the New York City Bar Association webinar, "Lights, Camera, Ethics!: Why Your Favorite Movie Lawyers May Need an Ethics Lawyer," where Tyler Maulsby and his co-presenter chose scenes from five lawyer movies to discuss legal ethics issues that real-life attorneys could encounter while practicing. (Behind paywall) View Article
Thirty-five Frankfurt Kurnit Attorneys Named to Super Lawyers New York Metro List for 2021
The list includes: Christopher R. Chase, Victoria Cook, Lisa E. Davis, Caren Decter, Catherine M.C. Farrelly, Michael P. Frankfurt, Hayden Goldblatt, Jeffrey A. Greenbaum, John B. Harris, Richard B. Heller, Richard Hofstetter, Nicole Hyland, Candice Kersh, Rick Kurnit, Brian E. Maas, Richard Maltz, Jeffrey Marks, Kimberly Maynard, Mark Merriman, Ronald C. Minkoff, Brian G. Murphy, Edward H. Rosenthal, Terri Seligman, Thomas D. Selz, Barbara E. Shiers, Wendy Stryker, Linda Wank, S. Jean Ward, Craig Whitney and Maura Wogan. Marcie Cleary, Christina Jenkins, Sasha Levites, Tyler Maulsby, and Adam Osterweil are listed as “Rising Stars.” Read more.
Out-of-State Lawyers Can Invest in Alternative Legal Businesses, ABA Ethics Committee Finds
Law360 Names Attys Who Moved Up the Firm Ranks
Law360 mentions Tiffany Caterina, Marcie Cleary, Daniel Goldberg, Sasha Levites, Tyler Maulsby, Julie Murray and Adam Osterweil’s promotion to partner. View Article
Evan Greebel, Former Martin Shkreli Lawyer Convicted in Fraud Case, Resigns
Too Little or Too Late, Bar Charges Still Needed Against Girardi, Experts Say
Trump Tax Saga Highlights Line Between Lawyering, Complicity
Bloomberg Law quotes Tyler Maulsby on the ethical obligations of attorneys in relation to Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP’s representation of Donald Trump and the allegations against the Trump Organization. View Article
Morgan Lewis’ Split With Trump May Not Be Easy
Trump Lawyers Face Rebukes Over Election-Fraud Claims
Sanctions Motion Against Lawyers Aligned with Trump Spotlights QAnon Conspiracy
New York’s Approach to Legal Service Models Too Conservative, Critics Say
Thirty-five Frankfurt Kurnit Attorneys Named to Super Lawyers New York Metro List for 2020
The list includes: Christopher R. Chase, Victoria Cook, Lisa E. Davis, Catherine M.C. Farrelly, Michael P. Frankfurt, Hayden Goldblatt, Jeffrey A. Greenbaum, John B. Harris, Richard B. Heller, Richard Hofstetter, Nicole Hyland, Candice Kersh, Rick Kurnit, Brian E. Maas, Richard Maltz, Jeffrey Marks, Kimberly Maynard, Mark Merriman, Ronald C. Minkoff, Brian G. Murphy, Edward H. Rosenthal, Terri Seligman, Thomas D. Selz, Barbara E. Shiers, Wendy Stryker, Linda Wank, S. Jean Ward, Craig Whitney and Maura Wogan. Marcie Cleary, Christina Jenkins, Sasha Levites, Tyler Maulsby, Adam Osterweil and Rachel Santori are listed as “Rising Stars.” Read more.
Frankfurt Kurnit Elects Seven New Partners
Frankfurt Kurnit has elected as partners Tiffany R. Caterina, Marcie Cleary, Daniel M. Goldberg, Sasha H. Levites, Tyler Maulsby, Julie Murray, and Adam J. Osterweil. The promotions take effect January 1, 2021. Read more.
The Unique Challenges Of Protecting A Law Firm Brand
Law360 publishes Kimberly Maynard and Tyler Maulsby's article "The Unique Challenges Of Protecting A Law Firm Brand." The article discusses trademark and branding challenges that law firms face. View Article
The Law Firm Disrupted: The Delaware of the Law Firm World?
Small Law Firms, Solo Lawyers Strain for Relief in $350B Pandemic Loan Program
A Primer On New York’s COVID-19 Executive Orders and What They Mean for Your Practice
This past week, New York has taken a number of steps to restrict movement in and around the State in an effort to contain the COVID-19 crisis. Governor Andrew Cuomo has issued executive orders and the chief judges of the state and federal courts have issued administrative orders that have had a sweeping impact on the legal industry as well as the business community at large. Read more.
Staten Island Prosecutors are Creating a List of Cops They Don’t Trust to Testify
The Gothamist quotes Tyler Maulsby on the list of NYPD officers that Staten Island prosecutors won’t allow to testify in court. Tyler notes the list will help minimize inconsistencies in how cases are handled each time one of those officer’s names comes up in a case. View Article
Six Things Applicants Need to Know About NY’s Character and Fitness Process
Giuliani Faces 4 Privilege Hurdles In Ukraine Call Probe
Law360 published Tyler Maulsby’s analysis of whether President Trump & Rudy Giuliani can rely on the attorney-client privilege to shield Ukraine-related communications from US House of Representatives’ investigators. (Behind paywall) View Article
When Prosecutors Bury NYPD Officers Lies
Thirty-one Frankfurt Kurnit Attorneys Named to Super Lawyers Metro List for 2019
Super Lawyers magazine lists thirty-two Frankfurt Kurnit attorneys in its 2019 NY-area edition. Read more.
A High Court Win Will Not End Discriminatory Jury Selection
Law360 published Tyler Maulsby’s article “A High Court Win Will Not End Discriminatory Jury Selection.” The article discusses ethical issues within court cases and the bar’s role in regulating discrimination by lawyers. View Article
Beyond ‘Brady’: The Ethical Implications When a Prosecutor Learns That an Officer Fabricated Evidence
The New York Law Journal published Tyler Maulsby’s article “Beyond ‘Brady’: The Ethical Implications When a Prosecutor Learns That an Officer Fabricated Evidence.” The article discuses a prosecutor’s ethical obligations under the New York Rules of Professional Conduct when learning of new evidence that might exonerate a convicted defendant. (Behind paywall) View Article
Winklevoss Twins’ Atty Fined $15K for Improper Behavior
Risky Business Just Got Riskier - DOJ Changes Stance on Internet Gambling
Last week the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) made waves in the online gambling industry with an Opinion interpreting the Wire Act (18 U.S.C. § 1084). In the Opinion, DOJ's Office of Legal Counsel concluded that most sections of the Wire Act are not limited to sports-related wagers and instead prohibit the use of interstate wires for any bets or wagers. Read more.
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. Read more.
Legal Referral Services: New Technology, New Ethics Guidelines
The New York State Bar Association Journal published Ronald C. 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.) View Article
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) View Article
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. Read more.
‘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. Read more.
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"). Read more.
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. View Article
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. Read more.
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. Read more.
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). Read more.
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. Read more.
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. Read more.
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. Read more.
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. Read more.
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"). Read more.
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?". Read more.
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. Read more.