Attorneys — in-house and outside counsel alike — often stand at the crossroads of corporate misconduct. At one time, attorneys' duty to maintain corporate clients' confidences was thought to be virtually absolute. But that changed over time, as relevant rules and laws gave lawyers greater discretion to make public disclosures to avert clients' anticipated or ongoing wrongdoing. And now, since the enactment of the whistleblower provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, attorneys will sometimes have not only discretion and employment protections, but also a financial incentive to blow the whistle.
When Can a Corporation's Lawyer Blow the Whistle?
The Legal Intelligencer
September 5, 2012
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