Report Of NSA Spying On Mayer Brown Rattles Other Firms

By Allison Grande (February 18, 2014, 9:09 PM EST) -- Fears that the government is spying on law firms, prompted by a recent report that the National Security Agency snooped on Mayer Brown LLP, have the potential to poison attorney-client relationships and force firms to finally take seriously a 2012 ethics rule and complete costly security overhauls.

In a Saturday article, the New York Times fueled attorneys' surveillance concerns by reporting that a top-secret document leaked by former government contractor Edward Snowden indicated that the NSA's Australian counterpart had monitored communications between Indonesian officials and the American law firm the officials had hired to represent their government in a trade dispute...

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