As discussed in “Successful Preparation and Service of Subpoenas,” discovery is a large part of a litigation associate’s workload. While there is strategy associated with the selection and service of third-party discovery, successfully responding and objecting to third-party subpoenas provides many opportunities for an associate to shine. In particular, successfully responding to subpoenas may limit a client’s exposure to unnecessary litigation, as well as offer associates a unique opportunity to gain client contact, develop client relationships, and provide a favorable outcome for the client in a relatively short time. This article provides guidance relating to compliance with third-party subpoenas served within the United States for civil cases pending in federal court.
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