Confidentiality and Client Communications in Illinois
At times, clients must be distinguished from nonclients for purposes of determining who is a client during attorney-client communications involving a corporate client, says Jeffrey Parness in his November 2019 Illinois Bar Journal article, “Confidentiality and Client Communications in Illinois.” In this setting—in Illinois, though often not elsewhere, Parness shows,—the so-called “control group” test serves to limit who speaks as an agent for the corporate client. As well, the law of masters and servants is usually not employed to determine issues of client agency in the attorney-client communication setting. One takeaway: An Illinois appellate ruling has placed the burden of proof on agency on the party asserting the privilege.
Read more in the November Illinois Bar Journal.