"Must a Lawyer Protect Client Confidences From Cyber Attacks?" published in Lawyers' Manual on Professional Conduct

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November 15, 2017

Technology is integral to a lawyer's ability to engage in the practice of law. Whether scheduling meetings with clients by email or text message, conducting due diligence is an electronic data room, using a database to produce electronic discovery in a litigation or government investigation, or filing pleadings in court, lawyers regularly rely on technology to represent clients. As a result, law firms are attractive targets for hackers who seek the information lawyers regularly maintain on behalf of clients, including documents and communications relating to confidential financial data, contemplated business transactions, trade secrets, litigation strategy and business strategy.

In this article published in ABA/BNA Lawyers' Manual on Professional Conduct, RK&O partner James Q. Walker discusses cyber attacks against law firms, what determines the reasonableness of a law firm's protective measures and how can law firms meet their duty of technological competence.

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