Thomas E. Spahn

McGuireWoods LLP

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Adversaries Normally Can Explore Background Facts About Communications Withheld as Privileged

USA - June 22 2022 Attorney-client privilege protection focuses on communications' content, but those communications' context can shed light on their primary purpose…

Privilege Protection for Deposition-Break Communications: It’s Complicated

USA - June 8 2022 Some court rules explicitly prohibit communications between a deposition witness and her lawyer during a deposition break, except to discuss whether…

Does Federal or State Privilege Law Apply When Federal Court Plaintiffs Assert Both Federal and State Law Claims?

USA - June 1 2022 In all cases, determining what privilege law applies should be near the top of every lawyer's to-do list. In federal question cases, federal courts…

You Textin' to Me? Robert De Niro Loses a Work Product Claim

USA - May 25 2022 Actor Robert De Niro's feud with a former production company manager has generated Several Opinions by Southern District of New York Magistrate Judge…

Plaintiffs Suing Jones Day for Retaliation Must Identify Lawyers With Whom They Consulted Before Filing Their Lawsuit

USA - May 18 2022 Last week's Privilege Point addressed a case in which defendant Holland & Knight could withhold the names of clients to whom it provided advice…