4 Tips For Easing The Pain Of Answering Firm Subpoenas

Law360, New York (February 22, 2017, 10:08 PM EST) -- By and large, lawyers see responding to third-party subpoenas dropped on their firm as a thankless job.

Often vague or overreaching, requests for information related to current or past clients can soak up hours spent tracking down old documents and former colleagues, evaluating privilege, and crafting a response that protects the client while meeting the lawyer's ethical obligations.

It's also a task — typically unpaid — that BigLaw attorneys appear to be shouldering more often.

"I can say, on the whole, subpoenas being served on law firms is definitely on the rise," said Shari Klevens, an insurance and professional responsibility expert...

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