John P. Vail, Partner

Teaching Responsibility

One of the firm’s clients with which John works is not a tax-exempt organization at all, but the company has high moral standards for the way in which it conducts business, and its management expressed an interest in creating policies for its suppliers that require ethical, socially responsible practices and policies. Putting aside his usual corporate services and tax-exempt organizations representations, John counseled the client on a vendor policy manual that captured their values while respecting the dictates of the law. The client was so pleased with John’s guidance, that John felt prompted to augment the list of services he provides, so that it includes advice on corporate social responsibility. Other clients are now taking advantage of the opportunity.

In fact, John is an adjunct assistant professor of Business Ethics at Dominican University, in River Forest, Illinois. There, he instructs M.B.A. students on the subject of corporate social responsibility. He also is a member of the Advisory Board to Loyola University’s Institute for Business & Professional Ethics.