Disqualification Of Counsel

Plaintiff’s counsel violated the Rules of Professional Responsibility by contacting a former employee of the defendant, who had participated substantially in the legal representation of the defendant before his termination.  The Court struck the affidavit from the witness proferred by the plaintiff, and ruled that he could not be presented by the plaintiff as a

Plaintiff’s former employee was subject to restrictive covenants in an Amended Employment Agreement. He was also subject, however, to what he claimed were conflicting restrictions in a subsequently executed Stock Purchase Agreement. The former employee asserted that the claims under the Amended Employment Agreement should be dismissed.

The Court denied the Motion and struck the

Defendant, who was a director, shareholder and former employee of the corporate plaintiff, moved to disqualify the corporate plaintiff’s counsel. He argued that he reasonably believed that the law firm had represented him with regard to the agreements at issue and a guaranty agreement. He also argued that disqualification was appropriate because the corporation’s lawyers

Plaintiff’s counsel had verbal discussions with the defendant, before litigation began, about the possibility of representation against his former employer. In the course of those discussions, the defendant sent counsel an email containing confidential information about the potential litigation. Plaintiff’s counsel had never looked at the contents, and thereafter represented the employer.

Defendant moved to

Defendant’s counsel had formerly been a lawyer at the law firm of the plaintiff. Plaintiff moved to disqualify him as counsel. Although the firm-changing lawyer had only been minimally involved in the matter before his departure, the Court held that an important factor to be considered was the subjective belief of the client whether the