LEO: Attorney - Client - Conflict of Interest LE Op. 916
Attorney - Client - Conflict of Interest - Multiple Clients.
May 8, 1987
An attorney represents Defendant "J" on a burglary charge, Defendant "X"
on a traffic charge and Defendant "Y" on a traffic charge. The attorney
previously represented Defendant "Z." "X" is a victim of "J's" burglary
charge, "Y" is a commonwealth's witness against "J" on the burglary charge
and "Z" is a commonwealth's witness against "J" on the burglary charge. It
is assumed that the traffic charge of both "X" and "Y" are not related to
each other or to the burglary charge.
It is not improper, per se under these circumstances for the attorney to
continue to represent all the parties as long as each client is fully
advised of the attorney's representation of all other clients and the
clients consent to continue representation. The attorney must be satisfied
that his independent professional judgment on behalf of each client will
not be affected and that Code provisions dealing with preservation of
confidences and secrets is complied with. [ DR:4-101(B), DR:5-105; LE
Op. 819, LE Op. 706, LE Op. 688, LE Op. 621]
Committee Opinion May 8, 1987