To cc or bcc - That is the Question! from Oregon Law Practice Management


Recently a legal administrator asked me about the protocol for copying clients on e-mails sent to opposing counsel. Turns out the lawyers in the firm were split – some believed it was okay to cc: clients; others used bcc: exclusively.

What at first seemed like a no-brainer question turned into something more intriguing. Stick with me.

To: and cc: recipients in an e-mail message are visible to each other – no doubt about that. If you want to protect client confidentiality, do not include the client as cc: recipient on an e-mail sent to opposing counsel. This is especially true in practice areas where your client’s privacy is paramount. Family and criminal law come to mind.

Therefore, you should copy the client as a bcc: recipient, correct? Hmmm... read the remainder of my article to find out. Submitted by Oregon Law Practice Management.

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DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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