California: An Attorney Must Maintain Client Confidentiality Regardless of Whether Information is Publically Available

The State Bar of California’s ethics committee released Formal Opinion Interim No. 13-0005, a proposed opinion stating that lawyers may not disclose embarrassing or detrimental information learned in the course of representing a client even if the information is publically available. The opinion emphasizes that the duty of confidentiality is broader than the attorney-client privilege and continues to apply after the attorney-client relationship ends.

Click here to read the proposed opinion. To read the ABA/BNA article about the opinion, click here.

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