N.Y. Attorneys from Same Firm Sometimes Can Take Opposite Sides

By Melissa Heelan Stanzione

Bloomberg Law reported on NYSBA’s latest ethics opinion on whether attorneys from a single law firm can submit amicus briefs on opposing sides of the same issue before the same court. (may require subscription) 

New York attorneys at the same firm can submit friend-of-the-court briefs on both sides of an issue if they’re acting in their individual capacities, the New York State Bar Association’s ethics committee advised.

But they can’t submit the briefs if the firm is representing a client on one side of the issue, the Oct. 15 opinion said.

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