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Ohio Lawyers' Ethical Obligations in Contacting a Party's Former Employees

Categories: CATA

When investigating a case, an attorney may discover that the defendant's former employee has critical information about the case. Many attorneys assume that there are special obligations for the attorney--including possibly having to disclose to defense counsel their intention to interview the potential witness.

I wrote an article including a checklist for this situation for the 2011 Winter edition of the Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys' "CATA News" ( If you're a reader, please leave your comments below!

Update: You can now read the CATA Newsletter article for the full checklist -No Consent Needed: The 5 Step Checklist for Interviewing Defendant's Former Employees

Here are the promised documents: