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Attorney-Client Privilege Answer Book (2017 Edition)

Author(s): Christopher S. Ruhland
Practice Area: Attorney-client privilege, Ethics and professional responsibility, Litigation, Pre-trial procedure
Date: Aug 2016 i Other versions can be found in the Related Items tab.
ISBN: 9781402427275
PLI Item #: 170823

Attorney-Client Privilege Answer Book is a practical resource for attorneys and clients seeking to understand the most significant privilege in the practice of law. The book, written in question-and-answer format, examines the boundaries of the privilege, providing guidance on what is, and is not, covered by the privilege, and how the privilege is protected and lost.

Among the topics receiving in-depth treatment are what constitutes “attorney,” “client,” and “communication” for purposes of the privilege; choice-of-law issues; waiver; and exceptions to the privilege.

 Attorney-Client Privilege Answer Book also provides guidance for specific situations such as:

  • Who controls the privilege when a client is in bankruptcy?
  • Who has standing to assert or waive the privilege on behalf of the government?
  • What are the differences in the way the privilege is applied to in-house, outside, and government attorneys?
  • Who may have privileged communications on behalf of a corporate client?
  • Under what circumstances are shareholders also a client when the corporation is a client?
  • Who is the client when an attorney represents a trade association?

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.