LEO: Witness: Property of Opposing Counsel LE Op. 1192
Witness: Property of Opposing Counsel Advising an Unrepresented Witness in a Deposition.
February 12, 1989
You present a hypothetical situation in which the plaintiff's attorney is taking the deposition of a treating physician in a medical malpractice case, who is attending the deposition without counsel of his own. The deposition is also attended by the defendant doctor's counsel. During the deposition plaintiff's counsel asks the treating physician for his opinion as to the standard of care provided by the defendant doctor and whether the conduct of the defendant doctor proximately caused injury to the plaintiff. When this question is asked the defense counsel tells the treating doctor that he is not required to answer the question unless he has agreed to serve as an expert witness.
You ask whether the defense counsel's statement to the treating doctor is unethical.
The Committee opines that defense counsel's conduct does not violate any of the provisions of the Code of Professional Responsibility.
Committee Opinion February 12, 1989
LEO: Witness: Property of Opposing Counsel, LE Op. 1192 (1989)