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Ethical Screens and the Rise of the Confidentiality Screen

Most of us are familiar with the use of non-consensual ethical screens (also called ethical walls) as a method to isolate a client or a particular case from a potential conflict of interest. Ethical screens are most often created in an attempt to avoid disqualification due to a lateral hire's prior work history with another law firm, an organization or a government entity. The purpose of the ethical screen is to prevent confidential information obtained by that attorney, while representing another client, from being disclosed to other attorneys and/or employees in the same firm who may be representing other clients (the "second matter") that may benefit from use of the information.  More ›