Conflicts with Former Clients
Explore the ongoing ethical obligations all lawyers owe to former clients, such as the continuing obligation to maintain confidentiality, the resulting conflicts of interest that may arise related to former clients, and the responsibilities of law firms with respect to former client conflicts.
Even after an attorney-client relationship has ended, a lawyer is still generally obligated to maintain that client’s confidentiality. Thus, former clients can create conflicts for lawyers that may require them to decline representation of someone new. In this clip, we will take a closer look at these issues in the context of Model Rule of Professional Conduct 1.9. Rule 1.9 describes an individual lawyer’s responsibilities in handling conflicts with former clients; a law firm’s...