Lynne Soutter is firm counsel with Ropes & Gray and a member of the firm’s Office of General Counsel. In her role in CICC, she supervises the work of Intake and Compliance Attorneys tasked with preparing client engagement terms and waiver requests as part of the intake process. Lynne also fields direct requests from partners across offices on substantive legal questions about conflicts analysis, the interpretation and negotiation of client tendered engagement terms, and the rules of professional ethics. As counsel to the firm, Lynne serves as a resource to CICC and the OGC, and to other groups within the firm, providing ethics and risk management advice on a broad range of issues, including client secondments, lateral recruiting, pro bono collaborations, post-employment restrictions for former government lawyers, conflicts training and the onboarding of new partners, among other issues. She works closely with the firm’s General Counsel and Assistant General Counsel to design and implement policies and best practices that govern the firm’s approach to anti-money laundering compliance, lobbying compliance, emerging practice areas, and, of course, conflicts of interest.
Prior to joining Ropes & Gray, Lynne was a senior associate at WilmerHale LLP in the securities litigation and government investigations practice groups. She was honored by WilmerHale and the Boston Bar Association for her representation of six men unlawfully detained at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in the landmark Supreme Court case, Boumediene v. Bush.