FILING UPDATE: ACC’s Stance against Internal Law Firm Privilege Rejected by New York Court of Appeals

ACC Position: 

ACC’s stance against internal law firm privilege was rejected by the New York Court of Appeals in Stock v. Schnader, Harrison, Lewis & Segal (click here to view our amicus brief). In its amicus brief, ACC argued attorney-client privilege exists to serve the interests of clients and allowing lawyers to withhold communications from their clients would severely undermine client trust in their lawyers. We will consider options for addressing the issue through standard contractual language as well as possible work through state bar associations.