Saturday, February 22, 2014

Can a Lawyer Respond to a Client’s Negative Online Comments?

Suppose that you are an attorney in your clinic, and you represent a client who then turns around and bashes you on one of the many online sites for evaluating lawyers? Can you respond? You can give your side of the story only in general terms and must not disclose any confidential information. You cannot respond at all unless your representation of the client has concluded.

Here is a Bloomberg BNA/U.S. Law Week article surveying the issue and the opinions of some bar associations. This standard conforms to accepted notions of attorney-client confidentiality; however, it gives cold comfort to the victimized attorney.


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