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A lawyer cannot represent someone against a former client without the written consent of the former client. Rule 4-1.9. If the former client who is now on the board will not consent to allow the lawyer to continue with the case, he should withdraw. This is kind of an unusual situation because the client's position in the case actually changed, but lawyers are supposed to avoid both a conflict and the appearance of a conflict.
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It's fine if the former client agreed. He probably didn't have any information about the board that would injure him now that he's on the board, and most of the information the attorney had about the lawsuit can still be used if he could have gotten it from someone else.
But if the former client doesn't agree and the lawyer refuses to withdraw, they can file a Motion asking the judge to remove him from the case and file a Complaint with the Bar.
I understand that part.
But aren't there other plaintiffs? If not, why is the case even ongoing?
The HOA's lawyer should actually refuse to speak to them about the case and should recuse them from all conversations about the case if they're determined to proceed with a case against a board they are now on.
No, it's not. But they cannot speak to the board member/plaintiff about the case at all.
The attorney can speak to any and all other board members, the people who were on the board at the time the events giving rise to the suit arose, and the plaintiff's attorney.
And again, the attorney needs informed written consent.