• Outsiders In? The Use of Independent Consultants and Your Clients' Confidences and Avoid a Waiver
  • June 18, 2003 | Authors: Efrem M. Grail; Matthew R. Sheldon; Alexander Y. Thomas
  • Law Firms: Reed Smith LLP - Pittsburgh Office ; Reed Smith LLP - Falls Church Office
  • Outside consultants offer companies valuable assistance in both day-to-day operations and in fulfilling specialized, one-time business needs. But consulting with outsiders may come at a high price, when outsiders interact with a company's counsel and those communications result in a waiver of the attorney-client privilege. Three recent federal court decisions address the issue of waiver under these circumstances, and reach conclusions not easily reconciled.