Can Playing Both Sides Put You in the Middle?


There's an old joke about the client who hired a one-armed lawyer, because he wanted advice from a counselor who wouldn't say, "On the other hand..." The analogy comes to mind when assessing whether lawyers can effectively and ethically represent opposite types of clients - for example, insurance carriers and insurance coverage plaintiffs. The ABA's Rule of Professional Conduct 1.7 certainly gives a "two-handed" answer.

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