What’s Confidential Among Co-Clients?

158997762Whenever you represent multiple clients on the same subject matter, there are confidentiality issues that can come up—and trip you up. Continue reading

Confidentiality Among Co-Clients?

ThinkstockPhotos-97050627Whenever you’re representing multiple clients with respect to the same subject matter, make sure to address the issue of confidentiality right at the beginning of the attorney-client relationship—in fact, you should cover it in your fee agreement. Continue reading

Attorney-Client E-Communications

email_133940537E-mail is a wonderfully fast and efficient way for attorneys and their clients to communicate and transmit information. But with this new technology comes new risks and the necessity to educate your clients on e-mail security. Continue reading

What Happens in Mediation, Stays in Mediation: 13 Key Confidentiality Questions

One of the strengths of mediation is its cloak of confidentiality. Participants can feel free to say what they want and show documents prepared for mediation without the fear of it biting them later in the litigation. But not everything said and shown in mediation is protected. As with everything else, know the limits of mediation confidentiality. Continue reading

Free Wifi May End Up Costing You

Ongoing technological developments present attorneys with significant challenges in the field of information privacy and security. One of these developments comes in the seemingly innocuous package of “free wifi.” But that Internet connection won’t seem so free if it comes with a State Bar probe for ethics violations. Continue reading

7 Simple Rules To Preserve Attorney-Client Privilege

Consider this scenario: Your corporate client asks you for advice on the legality of  a new marketing strategy. You issue an opinion that certain aspects of the plan are marginally legal, but that the audit-risk is low unless your client’s competitors chose to sue. Your opinion letter is reviewed and filed in the company’s general files, and your client decides to accept the risk and goes forward with the strategy. Murphy’s law comes into play and your client is sued by its competitor, which asks for all communications with you about the new marketing strategy, including your opinion letter. Might the corporation be forced to turn over its communications with you? Yes. Could such a result have been avoided? Yes. Continue reading

How to Seal a Record

Once upon a time, parties could agree on their own to keep court records away from public view. But a concern grew that information that should arguably have been publicly available was sealed from view and, in some cases, deleted from court files. Enter Cal Rules of Ct 2.550 and 2.551, which apply to both civil and criminal cases and set the presumption that court records are open to the public. So, how do you go about getting records sealed now? Continue reading

11 Tips for Preempting Business Pirates

Business piracy, e.g., the unauthorized use of intellectual property,  is a problem that causes major losses for businesses each year. As technological complexity increases, and industry becomes more and more competitive, the temptation for the unscrupulous to gain a competitive edge also increases. Continue reading

Protecting the Confidentiality of Your Client’s Fee Agreement

You receive a written demand for documents in a case pending in a California state court. One of the documents sought is your client’s fee agreement. As a good lawyer, your first instinct is to protect the agreement’s confidentiality. You ask yourself: Can I object? and if I can, on what grounds? The answer is found in Bus & P C §6149. Continue reading