Business Ethics Advisors, LLC
We help clients improve and strengthen their corporate culture concerning business ethics and corporate compliance. In today’s climate of pervasive lawsuits and government investigations, it is not enough for your company to have an excellent code of ethics and compliance; it is also essential that individuals in your corporate workforce understand and internalize ethical and compliance guidelines. BEA can help bring ethics and compliance to a personal level where your employees feel empowered to make those difficult decisions.
Our team of legal and business experts are very experienced in reviewing written policies and procedures in the areas of ethics and compliance. We assist in developing or updating policies and procedures to satisfy government agencies and other third parties on the effectiveness of the company’s ethics and compliance culture. We help a wide variety of industries throughout the United States and globally.
Our services include not only review but also in-person workshops with employees to promote ethical behavior. Our ethics workshops educate employees and officers on the personal characteristics and situations leading to unethical behavior. Attendees will understand the risks associated with ignoring the clues of unethical actions. Our workshops can be tailored to include specific company or industry ethics training, or areas of concern for management.
J. Kevin Foster, CEO/Founder
Mr. Foster founded Business Ethics Advisors, LLC to fulfill his passion for bringing ethics to the personal level to companies across America. He currently speaks and conducts workshops on ethics and compliance issues. Mr. Foster’s own experience in ignoring ethical traps lead to 37 months in a federal prison. He vowed that no one should have the same experience. Mr. Foster brings real-life stories to his presentations so that all participants understand how easy it is to fall into ethical traps and how to avoid them.
• Devised forensic accounting approaches (former KPMG Peat Marwick CPA) to over $300 million in real estate finance, treasury and operations, many in crisis, and settling real estate loans notably free of forfeiture and unacceptable losses.
• Developed bank exit strategies – also for the FDIC – Division of Liquidation – on multi-million dollar portfolios of failing loans through loss-mitigation strategies, thereby narrowing the need for costly collection and bankruptcy proceedings substantially.
• Managed from 20 to 100-person financial services departments, within small consulting firms through to multinational corporations, consistently demonstrating high motivation that yielded favorable, results-only productivity.
• Solved a loss-driven, 1,120-unit apartment portfolio innovatively by raising occupancy from 66% to 90%+ in two years.
• Sold, managed and worked out well over $300 million worth of real estate and loans.
Mr. Foster graduated summa cum laude from Spring Hill College of Mobile, Alabama in May 1978 with a Bachelor of Science-Commerce with a double-major in accounting and history. He is a former member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Michigan and Texas State Societies of Certified Public Accountants.
Charles R. Morgan, Legal Director
Charles R. Morgan specializes in handling complex and sensitive assignments for international corporations and law firms which represent them. His work has included conducting internal investigations, creating effective compliance systems, due diligence investigations of potential business partners, agents and consultants. He has had extensive experience as both inside and outside counsel in dealing with investigations by the Department of Justice, Securities Exchange Commission, State Attorneys General, and foreign enforcement agencies related to alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the Federal securities laws and the U.S. and foreign antitrust laws.
Mr. Morgan has worked extensively with inside, and outside counsel in representing boards and select committees in independent and internal investigations, securities derivative and 10(b) (5) claims, corporate compliance and other matters.
Mr. Morgan has served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of BellSouth Corporation where he was responsible for all legal matters in the 40 countries of North and South America, Europe and Asia where BellSouth conducted business. He directed the activities of over 250 attorneys and served as chair of the Corporate Compliance Policy Board. Mr. Morgan also served as Vice President and General Counsel of Chiquita Brands International where he supervised legal matters, security operations, and government relations worldwide. He has also served as Deputy General Counsel and as Chief International Counsel at Kraft Foods, Inc. In private practice, Mr. Morgan served as a litigator at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York and as a corporate partner at Mayer Brown in Chicago, where he focused on business practice reviews, domestic and international antitrust, corporate compliance, merger and acquisitions, and international business transactions.
Mr. Morgan has many professional memberships and awards as a result of practicing law for more than 40 years at the highest level of the profession including Member and former Chair, Committee of Corporate General Counsel, ABA Section of Business Law; Member, Board of Directors and Nominating Committee, CPR International Institute for Dispute Resolution; Member, Board of Trustees, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law; Member and former National Director, Association of Corporate Counsel; Member and former Chair, Corporate Counsel Committee, ABA Litigation Section; Former Vice Chair, Corporate Counsel Committee, International Bar Association; Former Member, Board of Directors, American Arbitration Association;Former Chair, Council of Racial and Ethics Justice, ABA; Emeritus Member, Association of General Counsel; Former Member, Commission on Racial and Ethnic Minorities in the Profession, ABA and many others. He was also appointed Chair, Georgia Supreme Court Blue Ribbon Commission on Indigent Defense.
Mr. Morgan’s professional awards include “Spirit of Excellence” Award – American Bar Association; “Elbert P. Tuttle Jurisprudence” Award – Anti-Defamation League; “Amicus Curiae Award” – U.S. Supreme Court; “Legal Diversity Award – American Corporate Counsel Association; “Brown v Board of Education” Award – Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law; National Diversity Leadership” Award – Coalition of Bar Associations of Color; Diversity Award – Minority Corporate Counsel Association; “Commitment to Equality” Award – Committee on Women and Minorities in the Profession – Georgia State Bar; “Amicus Curiae” Award – Supreme Court of Georgia, and others.
Mr. Morgan holds a Juris Doctorate degree from Columbia University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a member of the Association of General Counsel, The American Law Institute, and the American Bar Association.