Be Certain Your Communications Remain Confidential: Invoking The Common Interest Privilege


Confidential information that you share only with your attorney in connection with legal services is protected by the attorney-client privilege. Your attorney may not reveal the privileged information, nor can a court compel the attorney to disclose this information.

When you find yourself in complex litigation, involving a combination of parties with variously aligned interests, an early concern is knowing with whom you can share information and maintain the privileged nature of the communication. Disclosing information to the wrong person can destroy your right to keep that information out of court. Under limited circumstances, sharing information among parties in civil suits with similar interests is permitted. You take precautions, however, before sharing communications.

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