Practice Tools

ISBA Ethics Opinions on Conflict of Interest


  • State's Attorney representing county in labor negotiaitons with county law enforcement personnel : 14-05
  • In-house corporate lawyer may not provide legal services to the corporate employer's customers : 14-03
  • Lawyer owner and officer of financial institution serving as counsel to municipality which does business with financial institution : 13-04
  • Representing business parters in same partnership adverse to each other in an arbitration proceeding : 13-02
  • Taint Shopping : 12-18
  • Participation in mentoring programs : 12-16
  • Duties owed to prospective client when considering representing a different individual in the same matter : 12-05
  • Agreement limiting lawyer's subsequent use of third party consultant's ideas and advice : 11-02
  • Concurrent representation of physician and co-defendant hospital in unrelated matters : 09-02
  • Concurrent representation of private parties against government entities and as counsel for other government entities in unrelated matters : 07-01
  • Lawyer serving on Board of Directors of insurance reinsurer and representing its customers : 02-01
  • Lawyers in same firm representing distinct local units of government : 01-07
  • Concurrent representation of clients with divergent interests in different, but related, matters : 99-01
  • Lawyer paid fees for making referrals between inventor clients and product promoter clients : 98-03
  • Lawyer representing municipality in various defense matters may bring unrelated claim against municipal agency only with consent of both clients : 95-05
  • Court appointed guardian ad litem for minor may represent that minor in personal injury litigation arising out of matter in which attorney acted as guardian ad litem : 95-03
  • Representation of client adverse to current municipal client in different matters : 94-21
  • Prosecutor leases office space to lawyers who may represent clients adverse to prosecutor : 93-08
  • Lawyer garnishing bank account on behalf of creditor while representing bank in unrelated matters : 93-02
  • Representation of prosecutors in civil matter unrelated to their office while opposing them on behalf of criminal defendants : 92-18
  • Duties of lawyer to client and third party who benefits and may also pay lawyer fees : 91-28
  • Public defenders with shared common office and support staff representing adverse interests in single proceeding : 91-17
  • Representation of mother and minor daughter in paternity action : 91-08
  • Part-time public defender prosecuting appeals on behalf of State Appellate Prosecutors Office in unrelated matters : 91-01
  • Law firm representing municipality and criminal defendants charged in municipality : 90-34
  • Continued representation of client where opposing lawyer threatens civil prosecution against lawyer for actions arising out of representation : 90-30
  • Entitlement to fee upon determination of conflict and subsequent withdrawal : 90-26
  • Lawyer employed by university representing terminated university employee in criminal matter unrelated to employment : 89-18
  • Participation of city attorney in ordinance adoption proceeding where city attorney will personally benefit : 89-15
  • Continuing representation after client files disciplinary charge against lawyer : 89-11
  • Lawyer employed by student funded university student legal services representing individual students against other students : 88-16
  • Lawyer on board of directors of financial institution representing competing institutions in unrelated matters : 88-05
  • Part-time county public defender representing civil client adverse to county : 87-04
  • Lawyers obligations to a client are not transferred to another when client transfers interest in the subject matter of the representation : 86-17
  • Lawyer representing police officer in disciplinary matter and criminal defendants in same jurisdiction : 86-12
  • Confession of judgments : 86-07
  • Part-time public defenders sharing office space and secretary : 85-14
  • Representation of client when lawyer has financial interest in client’s competitor : 870
  • Lawyer representing corporation in bankruptcy and workers compensation claimant against corporation : 851
  • Law firm representing sole shareholder of corporation and plaintiff against corporation : 829
  • Public defenders from same office represented co-defendants : 698