At a recent conference of the American Council of Life Insurers, the general counsel for one of the larger companies noted that her corporation was concerned about its employees’ knowledge of both the attorney-client privilege and the limited scope of her office’s representation.

She noted that upon approaching employees to collect information, corporate counsel informs them that the office represents only the corporation, not them personally. Nevertheless, the employees are assured that all their statements to counsel are protected by the attorney-client privilege. These admonitions represent only a half-truth, which in context is equivalent to a misrepresentation.