September 13, 2018 Top Story

Former Partner’s Representation Disqualifies Law Firm

Possible knowledge of former client’s finances and strategy dooms representation

By Andrew J. Kennedy

In a case that highlights one of the dangers of suing a former client, a U.S. district court has disqualified a law firm that had been representing a plaintiff because one of the firm's partners had previously represented one of the defendants.

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Neither the partner’s retirement nor screening could save the representation. In an era of increasing lawyer mobility, this case demonstrates the importance of vigorous conflicts checks.

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