Calif. Attorney-Officials Must Heed AG's Ethics Warning

Law360 (May 15, 2018, 2:25 PM EDT) -- The California attorney general recently issued an opinion addressing both the attorney ethics and legal conflicts implications posed when an attorney who serves as an elected public official — in the case at hand, a city councilmember — has a client whose interests are adverse to the city. The attorney general concluded that the Rules of Professional Conduct applicable to attorneys erect an ethical prohibition to such representation resulting from conflicting fiduciary duties owed to client and city, respectively.

With respect to the state’s financial and...
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