Matthew O’Hara is a Partner in the Litigation Practice Group and Co-Leader of the Complex Litigation Group. Matt is a business trial lawyer who concentrates his practice in the litigation and trial of complex commercial matters in federal and state courts and the representation of law firms and lawyers. He has tried cases involving the federal securities laws, antitrust laws, breach of fiduciary duty, trade secrets, trademark infringement, breach of contract, contract reformation, unjust enrichment, license agreements, executive employment, the Uniform Commercial Code, fraud, and criminal defense. Matt also litigates legal malpractice, private shareholder and partnership disputes, fraudulent transfers, defamation, and other commercial matters. He has represented clients in investigations by the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission. He is also experienced in briefing and arguing state and federal appeals. In the legal industry, Matt represents law firms and lawyers in litigation, counseling, and disciplinary defense, and serves as an expert witness in cases involving legal ethics and professional liability. Before joining Freeborn, Matt was a Partner at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, where he served on the Executive Committee and as co-chair of the Lawyers Professional Liability practice group. Matt began his legal career in 1996 at Sachnoff & Weaver, Ltd., which merged with Reed Smith LLP in 2007. He served as a deputy general counsel to Reed Smith, advising the firm on ethics and risk management.
Selective Use of Attorney-Client Privilege: Beware of Sword and Shield Doctrine, Especially When Attorneys Are Witnesses
Can a client invoke the attorney-client privilege to prevent inquiry into a particular subject in litigation but also rely on some otherwise privileged materials to win a point in dispute? Under the “sword-and-shield” doctrine concerning the waiver of the attorney-client privilege, this is unfair and not permitted. The Illinois Appellate Court recently explored the contours of this rule, previously articulated by the Illinois Supreme Court, in a case where claims were brought by insureds against an attorney and their insurer. This problem presents itself in situations where lawyers are witnesses, often concerning past transactions that are being litigated.
Key topics to be discussed:
• The sword-and-shield rule.
• Express and implied waiver of the attorney-client privilege.
• Discovery and evidentiary issues relating to privileged documents.
• The scope of subject matter waiver when a litigant uses privileged materials as a sword.
• Practical considerations for clients and litigators.
Date / Time: October 26, 2020
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• 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Pacific
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