Supreme Court rules on ethics issue

Law firms may want to rethink hiring lawyers who used to work for the government.

The state Supreme Court ruled that the state’s Conflicts of Interest Statute trumps less strict court rules about who a firm can represent. Under the ruling, if a government attorney leaves the public sector to work at a private firm, that whole firm will be barred from taking clients in matters that the attorney used to be involved in.

The attorney Rules for Professional Conduct, which had previously held say, dictated that only the attorney himself could be barred from representing clients in matters he used to be involved in, no the entire firm.

Supreme Court rules on ethics issue