E-mails and Privilege for In-House Counsel: Five Cases, Five Lessons

The Corporate Counselor

Authored Article


Courts employ a heightened standard when companies attempt to shield their employee–in-house lawyer communications under the attorney-client privilege. The dominant reason for this scrutiny is the recognition that employees often involve in-house counsel in business and legal-related conversations, forcing courts to scrutinize whether the putatively privileged communication pertained to legal or business advice.

Read the complete article, “ E-mails and privilege for In-House Counsel: Five Cases, Five Lessons .” This article first appeared in The Corporate Counselor, Volume 28, Number 10, in January 2014.

This article was subsequently republished in The Corporate Counselor Afternoon Update (subscription required) in January 2015 .