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Can defense lawyer contact plaintif's lawyer privatly? NY,

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Can defense lawyer contact plaintif's lawyer privatly?
JA: What state are you in? It matters because laws vary by location.
Customer: NY
JA: Has anything been filed or reported?
Customer: Yes, it was almost a year ago, but case is till open. Plaintiff's layer officials left this case, and plaintiff is intended to go pro se. So, it looks, that my layers corresponding with the lawyer that officially left this case.
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: Is it permitted in NY?
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Ely replied 8 months ago.

Hello and welcome to JustAnswer. Please note: This is general information for educational purposes only and is not legal advice. No specific course of action is proposed herein, and no attorney-client relationship or privilege is formed by speaking to an expert on this site. By continuing, you confirm that you understand and agree to these terms.

The answer is yes. Attorneys talk very often outside of work, and it is not uncommon for an attorney who no longer represents a party to continue a professional relationship with the other attorney. Also attorneys can remain friends after a suit is over.

However, that Plaintiff's attorney still has the duty to their former client not to state anything that would HURT their former client in the case. See HERE (Rule 1.9). So corresponding with the attorney is okay. But their conversations are limited in that the attorney cannot hurt a former client by disclosing something about the case.

The vast majority of attorneys are very conscious of these rules and are ethical, despite what television pundits claim. So likely, the conversation is no cause for concern.

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Expert:  Ely replied 8 months ago.
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