ABA Formal Opinion 477

American Bar Association Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility


Topic: Securing Communication of Protected Client Information

“A lawyer generally may transmit information relating to the representation of a client over the internet without violating the Model Rules of Professional Conduct where the lawyer has undertaken reasonable efforts to prevent inadvertent or unauthorized access to information relating to the representation. However, a lawyer may be required to take special security precautions to protect against the inadvertent or unauthorized disclosure of client information when required by an agreement with the client or by law, or when the nature of the information requires a higher degree of security.”

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Model Rule of Professional Conduct: 1.1; 1.4; 1.6; 4.4; 5.1; 5.3

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