July 29, 2020 Book Review

The Attorney-Client Privilege in Civil Litigation: Protecting and Defending Confidentiality, Seventh Edition, Edited by Oscar Rey Rodriguez & Vincent Steven Walkowiak

Reviewed by Mario S. Russo

The attorney-client privilege and work product doctrine remain two of the most important discovery-challenging tools in an attorney’s arsenal. Although both doctrines appear relatively straightforward in definition, increasing legal challenges to their interpretation and application have rendered the principles significantly less clear-cut, if not entirely confusing. The creation of new legal entities and the development and use of modern technology has served only to exacerbate the issue. Does the attorney-client privilege apply when the client is a corporation? What about communications involving affiliated corporations, putative class members, or public relations firms? How do courts apply the work product doctrine to nonparties?

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