Attorney-Client Privilege Answer Book 2016
Author(s): Christopher S. Ruhland
Practice Area: Litigation
Published: Aug 2015
PLI Item #: 135530
Attorney-Client Privilege Answer Book 2016 is a practical resource for attorneys and clients seeking to understand the most significant privilege in the law. In this guide to understanding the attorney-client privilege, Christopher Ruhland examines the boundaries of the privilege in a Q&A format. The book provides answers to questions that attorneys grapple with on a regular basis as to what is, or is not, covered by the privilege, and how the privilege is protected and lost.
The new 2016 edition adds material throughout the book, including discussions about recent cases and how the privilege applies to government attorneys, foreign patent agents, trustees, and attorneys representing trade associations.
Attorney-Client Privilege Answer Book 2016 addresses such questions as:
- How is the attorney-client privilege, which assures the confidentiality of client communication, balanced with a fundamental goal of the judicial system—to seek the truth?
- How does a court decide which body of law applies to the privilege issue being decided?
- When is an attorney acting as an attorney in a specific matter, as opposed to providing, for instance, business or political advice?
- Who is a client for purposes of invoking the privilege? And if the client is a business, which employees of a business may communicate with the attorney on behalf of the client?
- What types of communications are protected? And when does a communication lose its protection?