Lawrence W. Newman has been a partner in the New York office of Baker & McKenzie since 1971, when, together with the late Professor Henry deVries, he founded the litigation department in that office. He is the author/editor of 4 works on international litigation/arbitration.
Michael Burrows, Formerly, Of Counsel, Baker & McKenzie, New York.
The attorney-client privilege. It is part of the foundation on which is built the edifice of legal practice in this country. But lawyers who practice transnationally operate at their peril if they conduct themselves on the assumption that the laws of all other countries treat the privilege issue as we do in the United States. In-house lawyers, especially, can be in for a rude awakening if it is not until the midst of a litigation that they learn that there are countries in which the privilege for in-house lawyers simply does not exist. We examine these issues below.