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Aoyagi Speaks at MBA CLE on Internal Law Firm Privilege

March 20, 2014
Tonkon Torp litigator Robyn Ridler Aoyagi recently participated in a continuing legal education seminar through the Multnomah Bar Association on the topic of internal law firm privilege in Oregon. Aoyagi spoke on a panel with two other lawyers, addressing the intricacies of attorney-client privilege in the context of the Crimson Trace mandamus action currently pending in the Oregon Supreme Court. Aoyagi filed an amicus brief in that action, on behalf of Tonkon Torp and six other Oregon law firms.
The panel’s topic, “I Need Some Advice: The State of Internal Law Firm Privilege in Oregon,” examined the uncertain state of the law regarding whether and when a firm lawyer’s communications with the firm's in-house counsel regarding a current client, including discussing potential malpractice and ethical issues, are protected by the attorney-client privilege.  This is a hot issue nationwide right now, which two other state supreme courts and the American Bar Association have weighed in on in the past year. The Oregon Supreme Court is expected to issue its decision under Oregon law in the near future.
Aoyagi’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation with an emphasis on appellate litigation and trial court motions practice. Aoyagi is Chair-Elect of the Executive Committee of the OSB Appellate Practice Section, a Region 5 delegate in the OSB House of Delegates, and Oregon State Chair for the ABA's Council of Appellate Lawyers.