LEO: Duty to Disclose/Confidential Information LE Op. 488
Duty to Disclose/Confidential Information Exonerating an
September 3, 1982
It would be improper for an attorney to disclose confidential information
gained from a client, even though that information would exonerate another
individual and even though the attorney no longer represents the client.
DR:7-102(B)(1) would be controlling prior to any trial, as no fraud would
as yet have been perpetrated upon a tribunal, and DR:4-101(B) sets out
the attorney's absolute duty to preserve a client's secrets and
confidences. EC:4-6 emphasizes the continuing nature of this duty, even
to a former client.
Committee Opinion September 3, 1982