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"Tricky Issues Relating to Privilege: Law Firm Counsel, In-House Counsel, and At Issue Waiver," Boston Bar Association

December 2013

Tricky Issues Relating to Privilege: Law Firm Counsel, In-House Counsel, and At Issue Waiver
Monday, December 2, 2013 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Boston Bar Association - 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA

Description:
Massachusetts' Supreme Judicial Court was the first court of highest jurisdiction to rule that communications with law-firm general counsel by attorneys about current clients of the firm could be privileged. Georgia followed suit shortly after, and the issue is now being considered again by the Oregon Supreme Court. The Boston Bar Association and the Attorneys and Lawyers Assurance Society submitted amicus briefs to the SJC in support of the application of the privilege. Many questions remain after the RFF Family Partnership decision.

Our expert panel, including the authors of recent amici briefs filed in RFF Family Partnership and the co-chairs of the committee, will discuss some cutting edge issues concerning the attorney client privilege – including the scope of the privilege for in house counsel at law firms; tricky issues that can arise for in house counsel at companies and non profit entities; and the latest rulings relating to the at issue waiver doctrine.

Sponsoring Section/Committee(s): Professional Liability Committee

Speakers:

Gary M. Ronan, Goulston & Storrs, PC

Robert M. Buchanan Jr., Choate Hall & Stewart LLP

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