September 2013

How an Outsider’s Presence Affects the Attorney-Client Privilege

On more than one occasion, an in-house counsel has been summoned to a strategy meeting about a potential or ongoing dispute, and when he arrives, he finds an outside accountant already seated in the conference room ready to participate in the meeting.  At this point, the in-house counsel’s gut reaction usually is to ban the accountant from the meeting so that the attorney-client privilege will not be destroyed.  While excluding the accountant from the meeting may ultimately make sense, making that judgment without some serious reflection could deprive the client of insights that may come with little or no risk and/or may be worth the risk of waiving the privilege.… Keep reading

The attorney-client privilege remains a topic on the mind of many in-house counsel.  I’ve written about it several times before, and on September 12 at 1:00 P.M., I am presenting a webinar with a live Q&A session on the attorney-client privilege with Commercial Law WebAdvisor.  Among other topics are the following:

  • When the presence of experts or other non-attorneys will or will not destroy the privilege
  • How the attorney-client privilege applies when the client is a corporation or other organization
  • How the privilege applies when the attorney is in-house counsel
  • What happens to the privilege when the client dies, ceases to exist or is sold
  • What risks a party may run by invoking the attorney-client privilege

If you have any interest in attending, please click here for more information about the webinar and pricing.… Keep reading