Attorney/Client

Are Communications With Contractors Privileged?

What happens when an in-house attorney communicates with an independent contractor or some other non-employee who is working closely with the company?

HR Memo Ghostwritten By In-House Lawyer Not Privileged, Court Finds

A memo sent by an HR manager but “essentially” ghost-written by the firm’s in-house attorney is not subject to attorney-client privilege, the District Court for […]

DC Circuit Court Reverses District, Upholds Investigation Privilege For Contractors

Calling it “welcome news for companies that do business with the government,” attorneys from Wiley Rein look at a D.C. Circuit Court ruling that reversed […]

N.M. Court Finds Business Advice Trumps Attorney-Client Privilege For GC

A New Mexico appeals court invalidated attorney-client privilege for a general counsel’s memo that provided a strategy for for terminating two physician employees of a […]

Dear Mr. Snowden: Is It Reasonable to Expect My Attorney-Client Communications Are Confidential?

As technology moves to the cloud, attorneys must pay special attention to third-party terms of service if they hope to insure e-communications with clients remain privileged.

NSA Assures ABA It’s ‘Firmly Committed’ To Protecting Attorney-Client Privilege

The outgoing head of the National Security Agency sought to reassure U.S. lawyers that confidential attorney-client information collected during agency surveillance missions were protected by […]

NSA, Overseas Agencies Spied On Talks Between U.S. Lawyers, Foreign Clients

Privileged conversations between American lawyers and foreign clients were compromised by the NSA and its overseas allies, according to new information released by former NSA […]

Attorney-Client Privilege Didn’t Apply To Work Email, Delaware Court Finds

A corporate executive who sent emails to a personal lawyer on a company account sacrificed attorney-client privilege, the Delaware Chancery Court decided. After a shareholder […]

GC-Consultant Confidentiality Agreement Not Enough To Garner Privilege

Though MediaTek’s general counsel requested a consultant’s technical report, and the report was filed under a confidentiality agreement, the report itself did not constitute legal […]

Bounty Unethical For Lawyers Whistleblowing With Confidential Info

The Dodd-Frank Act allows lawyers to blow the whistle on clients violating securities laws using confidential information, but an ethics opinion from a committee of […]

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