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Attorney-Client Privilege Answer Book (2016 Edition)

Author(s): Christopher S. Ruhland
Practice Area: Attorney-client privilege, Ethics and professional responsibility, Litigation
Date: Aug 2015 i Other versions can be found in the Related Items tab.
ISBN: 9781402424922
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?

Christopher S. Ruhland is a litigation partner in the Los Angeles office of Dechert LLP. He formerly was a partner in Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, and he also previously served as Senior Counsel to The Walt Disney Company. Mr. Ruhland has significant civil trial and appellate experience in state and federal courts throughout the country. Mr. Ruhland has been recognized as a leading lawyer by Chambers USA for his general commercial litigation practice in California.

Mr. Ruhland is a frequent author and speaker on civil litigation and intellectual property topics. He has presented before numerous organizations, such as the International Trademark Association and the United States Copyright Society, and has given CLE presentations on the attorney-client privilege to several Fortune 500 companies. He has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, MSNBC, Bloomberg, and CNET.