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Attorney-Client Privilege Answer Book (2019 Edition)

Author(s): Christopher S. Ruhland
Practice Area: Attorney-client privilege, Attorney-client relations, Ethics and professional responsibility, Professional development
Date: Sep 2018 i Other versions can be found in the Related Items tab.
ISBN: 9781402431159
PLI Item #: 239471

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.

The 2019 edition is updated throughout, reflecting the most current state of the law. New material in the 2019 edition includes:

  • A review of recent cases in which corporate clients claimed that communications with their vendors were privileged, due to the involvement of the corporation’s attorneys
  • A discussion of the circumstances under which an attorney’s notes and other writings that are not communicated to a client may be protected by the attorney-client privilege
  • An analysis of whether a client who takes action or makes a decision after consulting with an attorney can assert the attorney-client privilege to shield from disclosure the reasons for the client’s action or decision
  • Revised and updated discussions of the way in which federal and state courts address the topic of subject matter waiver in different circumstances

Christopher S. Ruhland is a mediator and the founder of Apollo  Dispute Resolution. He previously was a litigation partner at two Am Law 50 law firms and tried civil cases throughout the country. He also formerly served as Senior Counsel to The Walt Disney Company.

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.