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Ethics


44 Trial Reporter / Winter 2012


Draft of Rule 4.2 in District of Columbia - Bill Day Lawyer L is retained in case


Is L communicating about subject of representation?


Lawyer wishes to communicate with person P


No Yes Yes Is person P a party? Has Person P retained counsel? No Yes No Yes


Has counsel for P consented to contact with P?


Yes No


Is O represented by counsel? Yes


No Yes


Can P bind organization with respect to that particular representation?


No Yes Has the Court allowed contact with P? No No Yes


Is L asking a substantive question (not litigation tactics)?


No Lawyer may NOT contact Person P Lawyer may contact person P Yes Is O the government? Yes Is P In-House Counsel? No Yes Is O a party? No No Yes


Is P an employee of an organization O?


Has L indentified himself


and his adverse representation? Yes


No


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