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Ethics


Trial Reporter / Winter 2012 43


Lawyer L is retained in case


Is L communicating about subject of representation?


No


Lawyer wishes to communicate with person P


Yes Yes Is person P a party? No No


Is P an employee of an organization O?


No No Yes


Is O represented by counsel? (See Comment 6)


Yes Has Person P retained counsel? No Yes Yes Is O the government?


Has counsel for P consented to contact with P?


Yes Yes No No Has the Court allowed contact with P? Lawyer may contact person P No Can P's actions or omissions bind O? Yes No No


Is P a current officer, director, or managing agent?


Yes


Does P regularly communicate with O's lawyers about the subject of the representation?


Yes Lawyer may NOT contact Person P


Has L inquired whether person is off limits? (next three questions)


Yes Yes No Can P redress grievances? No No Yes Has L identified himself as a lawyer for the other side? No Yes


Rule 4.2 in Maryland - Bill Day See also Rule 4.4


Is O a party?


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