LEO: Conflict of Interest - LE Op. 758
Conflict of Interest - Collections-Former
Clients - Change in Firm Membership.
January 13, 1986
An attorney represented a client against which a judgment was obtained.
Thereafter the attorney joined a law firm which now seeks to enforce the
judgment it obtained. Since the first attorney is disqualified from
representation in efforts to collect the judgment against his former
clients, the entire firm is similarly disqualified absent full disclosure
to and consent by the former clients. The current collections effort is
both substantially related to the past representation and materially
adverse to the former clients. [See LE Op. 622, DR:5-105(D) and (E)]
Committee Opinion January 13, 1986