The Lawyers' Lawyer Newsletter - Recent Developments in Risk Management - May 2011

May 27, 2011

In-House Counsel – Admission to the Bar – Availability of Attorney-Client Privilege When General Counsel Not Admitted in Jurisdiction of Principal Practice

Gucci America, Inc. v. Guess?, Inc., 2011 WL 9375 (S.D.N.Y.)

Risk Management Issue: What should be done to ensure that in-house counsel maintain an active license and continuing good standing to practice law, and what are the consequences of instances when in-house counsel fail to maintain such a license?

Attorney-Client Privilege – Asserting the Privilege for Law Firm’s Internal Communications – ClientConflicts 

TattleTale Alarm Systems, Inc. v. Calfee, Halter & Griswold, LLP, et al., 2011 WL 382627 (S.D. Ohio 2011)

Risk Management Issue: How can law firms protect their internal communications from discovery when they communicate internally regarding the firm’s potential malpractice in an existing client’s matter?

Law Firm Management – Supervisory Responsibility for Ethical Violations of Lawyers and Non-Lawyer Assistants

In the Matter of a Member of the State Bar of Arizona, Jeffrey Phillips, No. SB-10-0036-D (Ariz. Sup. Ct. Jan. 11, 2011)

Risk Management Issue: What do law firms’ managing partners need to do to comply with the ethical obligations imposed to assure supervision of, and ethical conduct by the firm’s lawyers and non-lawyer assistants?

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