Bridgepoint Construction Services v. NewtonAnnotate this Case
The Court of Appeal affirmed the trial court's order disqualifying an attorney for a conflict of interest when the attorney represented more than one client, all of whom seek damages from a pool of money controlled by another party. In this case, the attorney simultaneously represented Bridgepoint in an Arizona action and Ram in the instant action. The court held that disqualification was automatic. Furthermore, the trial court reasonably concluded that the attorney obtained confidential information from Bridgepoint when he retained an expert to review Bridgepoint's financial records. Finally, there was a substantial relationship between the subject matter of the attorney's former representation of Bridgepoint in this case and his current representation of Ram. Therefore, the court had multiple independent grounds for disqualifying the attorney.