Recently, a leading law firm and its federal government client were required to turn over 30,000 documents that included previously shielded emails and other communications in a $40B shareholder lawsuit. Why? Because the attorney for the government – a Yale-educated partner with 20+ years of practice who was twice named "Dealmaker of the Year" – arguably said too much when he was on the stand. The judge found that this lawyer had spoken so freely about counseling advice he had given the government that he waived any existing attorney-client privilege.*
While simple in the abstract, attorney-client privilege issues can get complicated very quickly in the real world as this case shows. Take 75 minutes on July 22nd to make sure you and your colleagues don't make the same mistake. Join Practical Law as Thomas Spahn, a partner with McGuireWoods LLP and author of "The Attorney Client Privilege and The Work Product Doctrine: A Practitioner's Guide" explains how to provide practical guidance to management on the maintenance of the attorney-client privilege and work product protection.
During this webinar, you will:
A short Q&A will follow.
*Source: Flaherty, Scott. "How Davis Polk Emails Hurt Government in AIG Case." The AM Law Litigation Daily. ALM, 15 June 2015.