What You Need to Know About Government Filings and Loss of Attorney-Client Privilege

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
12:15 p.m. — 1:15 p.m.

As part of the LA Law Library’s MCLE lunch hour speaker series, this class will focus on the loss of attorney-client privilege when administrative and other filings are made to the government. Many attorney-client communications can lose their privileged status upon filing related documents with government agencies, including bankruptcy petitions and schedules, and tax returns. Learn about the ramifications of this loss of privilege, including how attorneys should inform their clients to control the information flow to various professionals; consider a worst case scenario in which an attorney may be called upon to testify, and turn over documents; and, explore the dangers of inadvertent transition from counselor to co-conspirator.

Class Covers:

  • Waiver of privilege as to tax matters upon filing of a return
  • Waiver of privilege upon filing of bankruptcy petition & schedules
  • Control of privilege by a bankruptcy trustee
  • Other privilege waiver upon government administrative filings
  • Warning clients of non-protection and greater danger regarding loss of privilege

Presented by Curt Harrington
Curt Harrington is a high-tech patent attorney and a California Board of Legal Specialization Certified Tax Specialist. In addition to his J.D., Curt holds an LL.M. in tax and masters degrees in chemical and electrical engineering. He has prepared and prosecuted more than 100 patents, and has published and spoken widely on IP and tax issues. He is currently Vice-Chair of the California Board of Legal Specialization, and is knowledgeable in the area of intellectual property taxation.

One hour Legal Ethics MCLE credit

Fee: $35 for the class (nonrefundable, payment reserves spot)

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