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”?