Is an Advance Conflict of Interest Waiver Effective?

The Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, LLP v. J-M Manufacturing Co., Inc. case, pending before the California Supreme Court, will provide California lawyers with further insight regarding whether an advance waiver of a conflict of interest is enforceable, and if so, under what circumstances.  An advance conflict of interest waiver is a waiver given by a client to …

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The Disappearing Attorney-Client Privilege

This story first appeared in the OC Lawyer magazine and the Orange County Bar Association website – April 2017 by Carole J. Buckner The Disappearing Attorney-Client Privilege As you record your billing entries to send to clients, you probably expect that your descriptions will be covered by the attorney-client privilege. You may not be thinking …

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Does a Lawyer Surrender First Amendment Rights by Representing a Client?

Oasis Realty v. Goldman, pending before the California Supreme Court, raises the question, how far does the duty of loyalty extend? Can a lawyer who formerly represented a developer later oppose the very project on which the lawyer worked? Attorney Goldman and his firm represented Oasis Realty in connection with the development of a property …

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