LEO: Contact with Adverse Counsel's  LE Op. 651


Contact with Adverse Counsel's Employee/Review of Adverse

Counsel's File Without Permission.


January 14, 1985


It would be improper for an attorney to obtain information and documents

from a former employee of adverse counsel in pending litigation, or for an

attorney to review an adverse counsel's file which was inadvertently left

in the attorney's office after depositions, if such conduct is

deliberately wrongful, or is conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit

or misrepresentation, and reflects adversely on the attorney's fitness to

practice law. [ DR:1-102(A)(3), (4)]


Committee Opinion January 14, 1985