Amberg Authors Attorney-Client Privilege Article
December 28, 2010
Santa Monica Partner John W. Amberg
authored an article for the January 2011 issue of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s County Bar Update that provides a detailed examination on preserving the attorney-client privilege for communications with in-house counsel. This is another fallout of the recession which forced business clients to economize by referring less work to outside lawyers and relying more on their in-house legal staff.
A recent case illustrates a serious pitfall that can result in the loss of the attorney-client privilege for communications between in-house counsel and their corporate clients, even though the law has long recognized that confidential communications between an attorney and a corporate client are entitled to the same privileged status as other clients. Amberg discusses various strategies for ensuring that attorney-client privilege remains intact.
Amberg is a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation, Class Action and Product Liability Client Service Groups, and is deputy of the firm’s Ethics & Conflicts Committee. His practice focuses on commercial litigation, product liability, probate and professional liability matters. He is a former chair and adviser to the California State Bar's Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct and a former chair and current member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Professional Responsibility & Ethics Committee.
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