Friday, June 29, 2007

Contact With Government Officials

The Legal Ethics Committee of the D.C. Bar recently issued a significant opinion interpreting D.C. Rule 4.2(d) relating to contacts by attorneys with government officials without the knowledge or permission of agency counsel. Such contacts are permissible with disclosure of counsel's representation of her client. Contacts are not permitted on matters that directly relate to the litigation of the matter such as discovery requests. The opinion should be of interest to attorneys throughout the Nation who deal with government matters in the District of Columbia, as such matters may be controlled by the interpretation of the D.C. Rule under choice of law analysis (Rule 8.5). (Mike Frisch)

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