Massachusetts Ethics Opinion 14-5

Massachusetts Bar Association Ethics Opinion 14-5

[Approved by the Massachusetts Bar Association’s House of Delegates on May 8, 2014]


Topic: lawyer’s contact with unrepresented party via social network


“A lawyer for a party may “friend” an unrepresented adversary in order to obtain information helpful to her representation from the adversary’s nonpublic website only when the lawyer has been able to send a message that discloses his or her identity as the party’s lawyer.

Massachusetts Rules of Professional Conduct: 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 8.4

Mentioned Ethics Opinions:

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