Wednesday, October 14, 2009

DC Bar Opinion on joint defense agreements

Joint defense agreements do not create former-client conflicts of interest, but a lawyer who participates in a joint defense arrangement may acquire contractual and fiduciary obligations to members of the joint defense group who are not the lawyer's clients, the District of Columbia Bar's ethics committee advised in a September opinion (District of Columbia Bar Legal Ethics Comm., Op. 349, 9/09).

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