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Limiting Disclosure of Client Information When Changing Firms

Don Foster’s Latest Article for The Legal Intelligencer

Among the most pressing concerns for an attorney moving between law firms are conflicts of interest. In looking at a new attorney’s existing client relationships, however, a typical law firm may not be only searching for potential problems, but potential economic value as well. In his latest article for The Legal Intelligencer, Pennsylvania business litigation and intellectual property attorney Don Foster explains the laws regarding client information disclosure during a move between law firms, and explores a few options attorneys have to meet the demands of their new firms while protecting their clients’ confidentiality. His analysis draws on ABA Formal Opinion 09-455: “Disclosure of Conflicts Information When Lawyers Move Between Law Firms” and the association’s Model Rules for Professional Conduct, as well as his own career experience. Mr. Foster’s article, “Limiting Disclosure of Client Information When Changing Firms,” is a follow-up to his popular three-part series for The Legal Intelligencer in 2012: “Do’s and Don’ts for Departing a Law Firm.” Don Foster is chair of Offit Kurman’s commercial litigation practice group. An experienced litigator and small business advisor, Mr. Foster has helped clients resolve disputes in a breadth of legal categories including title insurance, intellectual property, health care, franchising, corporate governance, and law firm partnership. Mr. Foster works out of the firm’s offices in Philadelphia. To get in touch with him, click here. To read “Limiting Disclosure of Client Information When Changing Firms,” Mr. Foster’s September 22, 2015 article for The Legal Intelligencer, click here.  

About Don Foster

ADA Compliance Attorney Don Foster serves as the Chair of Offit Kurman’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group. He is an experienced litigator, having tried cases to verdict in federal and state courts throughout the country, but also serves as outside general counsel and advisor to small businesses in a variety of industries. His trial and alternative dispute resolution experience is varied and includes disputes involving title insurance, intellectual property, health care, franchising, corporate governance, law firm partnership and closely held businesses. He also frequently litigates fiduciary disputes in Pennsylvania’s Orphans Courts.