2019 Attorney-Client Privilege & Confidentiality Update



  • Available Until 10/29/2021
  • Next Class Time 11:00 AM MT
  • Duration 60 min.
  • Format MP3 Download
  • Program Code 10292019
  • Ethics Credits 1 hour(s)

Course Price: $89.00


Confidentiality sits at the heart of the attorney-client relationship.  Confidential and mostly inviolable communications between a client and attorney are the core of the attorney-client privilege and the attorney’s duty of confidentiality. Though the privilege and the ethical duty are related and often cover similar content, they are distinct.  Understanding the distinction and how the privilege is preserved, especially in a hyper-interconnected electronic law office, are essential to law practice.  This program will provide you with a wide-ranging discussion of important developments related to the attorney-client privilege and the duty of confidentiality. 

  • Important developments preserving the attorney-client privilege
  • Duty of confidentiality developments and relationship to the privilege
  • Understanding difference between confidentiality and the attorney-client privilege
  • Preserving the privilege when representing joint clients
  • Working with client agents and consultants
  • Preserving the privilege – and confidentiality – in a hyper-connected electronic world



Thomas E. Spahn is a partner in the McLean, Virginia office of McGuireWoods, LLP, where he has a broad complex commercial, business and securities litigation practice. He also has a substantial practice advising businesses on properly creating and preserving the attorney-client privilege and work product protections.  For more than 20 years he has lectured extensively on legal ethics and professionalism and has written “The Attorney-Client Privilege and the Work Product Doctrine: A Practitioner’s Guide,” a 750 page treatise published by the Virginia Law Foundation.  Mr. Spahn has served as member of the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility and as a member of the Virginia State Bar's Legal Ethics Committee.  He received his B.A., magna cum laude, from Yale University and his J.D. from Yale Law School.