Attorneys Gross and Ralston Present Seminar to PPL’s Corporate Counsel
Attorneys Malcolm Gross and Andy Ralston presented a seminar to 17 corporate counsel at PPL Corporation on the topics of Attorney-Client Privilege and Work Product Limited Immunity. Attorney Gross has represented PPL for many years. Both of the areas of law discussed have dramatically changed, especially for corporate counsel and transactional attorneys, in the course of the last year and PPL asked our attorneys to update them on developments in the law. The seminar was extremely well received.
The Attorney-Client Privilege has been the subject of several major decisions in Pennsylvania in the last year, including the Supreme Court’s affirmance of the Nationwide decision and their granting allocatur in the AIG case to consider whether the privilege is “one way” or “two way,” to revisit long forgotten common law privileges and, perhaps, to consider the constitutionality of Pennsylvania’s Attorney-Client Privilege statute. Lawyers now need to be very careful about what communications they have with clients.
The Work Product Limited Immunity has also been re-interpreted on several recent occasions by such federal court decisions as Textron and Deloitte. Lawyers acting outside of the world of litigation need to understand that their communications could very well not be protected work product. Given the current “one way” interpretation of the Attorney-Client Privilege, this means that transactional legal work that has a “business purpose” or that advises clients on the legality of proposed business products or ideas may have no protection if sought in discovery.
The topics discussed at the seminar given to PPL will form 2/3rds of a CLE course (along with a discussion on the law of eDiscovery) that Gross McGinley will give on September 22, 2010, at 12:00 at the Bar Association of Lehigh County to regional corporate counsel. Attorney Gross, general counsel for ATAS International, Inc., will moderate the seminar. Attorneys Paul McGinley (General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer for Rodale, Inc.), Jackson Eaton (General Counsel for Kidspeace), and Tom Reilly (General Counsel for ViaMedia, Inc.) will sit on a discussion panel. Attorneys Susan Ellis Wild and Andy Ralston will present 15 minute lectures on each of the three topics.