New Jersey Advisory Committee on Professional Ethics Decisions 2017
Former Client Conflict of Interest; Lawyer at Law Firm That Represented Planning Board in Litigation Joining Firm that Represented Adverse Party
Date: December 13, 2017
The Advisory Committee on Professional Ethics received an inquiry from a lawyer who works for a law firm that represented a municipal planning board in lengthy and contentious litigation, a portion of which is still pending. A partner at the firm served as legal counsel for the planning board and Inquirer assisted the partner in various aspects of the litigation. The partner retired and the firm no longer serves as counsel for the planning board. Inquirer asked whether, if she leaves her current firm and joins the law firm that represents the adverse party in this litigation, there would be any restrictions on her practice or that of her new firm.
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