LEO: Attorneys Sharing Office Space LE Op. 413
Attorneys Sharing Office Space.
May 20, 1981
Attorney X represented two children against their mother for
misapplication of estate funds. Attorney Y represented the mother. While
the matter was pending, Attorney X advised that he intended to share
office space with Attorney Y and employ the same secretary. Under these
circumstances, the Legal Ethics Committee is of the view that both clients
would perceive that one law firm represented their opposing interests.
Furthermore, it would be extremely difficult to preserve the confidences
and secrets of each client. While under the circumstances, the Legal
Ethics Committee could not conclude categorically that the conduct was
ethically improper, the Committee did conclude, however, that the better
course of conduct would be for both attorneys to withdraw from the matter.
[See II: DR:4-101 and EC:9-2.]
Committee Opinion May 20, 1981
See also LE Op. 677, LE Op. 799, LE Op. 943, and LE Op. 1416.