Practice Tools

ISBA Ethics Opinions on Government Representation


  • Representing municipality in non-adjudicative zoning matter oppossed by law firm partner and availability of municipality informed consent to allow representation in other matters. : 12-13
  • Defending government entity in matter brought by law firm partner and availability of government entity's informed consent to allow representation in other matters : 12-12
  • Concurrent representation of private parties against government entities and as counsel for other government entities in unrelated matters : 07-01
  • Successive government and private employment : 96-07
  • Lawyer representing municipality in various defense matters may bring unrelated claim against municipal agency only with consent of both clients : 95-05
  • Representation of client adverse to current municipal client in different matters : 94-21
  • Concurrent representation of civil and criminal defendants while acting as special prosecutor in same jurisdiction : 94-16
  • Social hospitality to elected and appointed government officials : 94-03
  • Law firm representing municipality and criminal defendants charged in municipality : 90-34
  • Participation of city attorney in ordinance adoption proceeding where city attorney will personally benefit : 89-15
  • Part-time county public defender representing civil client adverse to county : 87-04
  • Part-time private lawyer representing municipality and criminal defendants charged with municipal ordinance violations : 86-13
  • Lawyers within same firm acting as criminal defense counsel and part-time county prosecutors in unrelated matters : 86-04
  • Representation of client in personal injury matter by firm that includes former county prosecutors of same client arising out of same facts : 84-05
  • Part-time municipal prosecutor representing criminal defendants in same county : 852
  • Municipal attorney representing criminal defendants charged in municipality : 748