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Attorney-Client Privilege Answer Book (2020 Edition)

 
Author(s): Christopher S. Ruhland
Practice Area: Litigation
Published: Sep 2019 i Previous editions(s) can be found in the Related Items tab.
ISBN: 9781402433801
PLI Item #: 268115

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 issues that attorneys grapple with on a regular basis as to 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 an “attorney,” “client,” and “communication” for purposes of the privilege; choice-of-law issues; waiver; and exceptions to the privilege.

Updated by author Christopher S. Ruhland (Litigation Partner, Dechert LLP), Attorney-Client Privilege Answer Book 2020 reflects the most current state of the law and provides coverage of timely issues, answering questions such as:

  • How can a party assert attorney-client privilege in pre-trial motion practice?
  • Can attorneys and their clients have privileged communications during breaks in testimony?
  • Patent agents in the United States are not licensed attorneys, but are they “attorneys” for the purpose of the attorney-client privilege?
  • What if a person who is not a client reasonably believes she is a client?
  • What is pure “business advice” that will not be considered “legal advice”?

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.