Informal Opinion Number: 940088

Rules: 8.3(a)
Maintaining the Integrity of the Profession
Reporting Professional Misconduct
Summary: conflict of interest

QUESTION: Attorney A was present at a deposition at which Attorney B sought a continuance of the deposition. The deposition was of a non-party witness. When the other attorneys would not agree to continuing the deposition, Attorney B entered his appearance for the witness and instructed the witness to leave the deposition. The witness was under subpoena. The interests of the witness are potentially adverse to the party whom the other attorney was representing. Must Attorney A report the Attorney B under Rule 4-8.3(a)? ANSWER: If Attorney B entered into a conflict of interest by appearing for the non-party witness, Attorney A must report Attorney B´s conduct to this office.

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