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2-Adversity to Former Clients

71-Representing Corporations

A corporate lawyer represented one of the corporation's employees in a dispute over the building of his home. The representation later ends, and the employee never pays the lawyer. Approximately one year later, the employee leaves the corporation. The lawyer may now represent the corporation in a dispute with the former employee over a non-competition agreement, because the current matter is not substantially related to the representation involving the former employee's home, and the lawyer had not gained any material confidences during the earlier representation.

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn