January 09, 2018 Top Story

Client Intake Call Does Not Disqualify Conflicted Counsel

Attorneys should be familiar with local rules when interacting with potential clients

Matthew S. Mulqueen

Many potential clients assume that the information they relay to an attorney in an initial intake call will not be used against them if the attorney later represents an adverse party in a case.

But that may not hold true if the prospective client does not have a reasonable expectation of engaging the attorney, according to a recent decision denying a motion to disqualify counsel in a defamation case. The opinion highlights the importance of understanding the specific state ethics rules governing an attorney's interactions with potential clients.

Premium Content For:
  • Litigation Section
Join - Now