ACC Amicus Cited in PA Supreme Court Opinion, Privilege Protected

In Gillard v. AIG, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania reverses and remands a January 4, 2008 Superior Court decision which severely constricted the attorney client privilege in Pennsylvania in an opinion released February 23rd. ACC had filed amicus last April requesting a clear statement from the court “that communications made within the lawyer/client relationship are privileged when made for the very purpose of soliciting or providing legal advice.” The opinion holds that the attorney-client privilege protects “client-to-attorney or attorney-to-client communications made for the purpose of obtaining or providing professional legal advice.”

The Pennsylvania Bar Association, the Philadelphia Bar Association, the Allegheny Bar Association, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce joined ACC in this amicus brief.

Read the opinion, ACC amicus brief, and ACC Press Release:
Gillard v. AIG Opinion, February 23, 2011
ACC Amicus Brief, Gillard v. AIG, filed 4/27/10
ACC Press Release on Gillard Opinion