One Client Too Many — A Cautionary Tale Of Ethics

Law360, New York (April 30, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A very important recent decision in U.S. v. Nicholas and Ruehle, et al.,[1] by a federal district judge in the Central District of California excoriating a major law firm and suppressing evidence obtained by the government from an internal investigation conducted by Broadcom Corp.'s outside counsel vividly illustrates the peril for law firms that fail to recognize and address the potential conflicts between the company and the members of its senior management at the inception of an investigation.

The decision contains a veritable treasure trove of...
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