In this technology age, we often have ready access to computers, smartphones, tablet PCs and other telecommunications devices. Often, clients use email accounts provided by their employers or they access a personal email account on devices that are owned by their employers or other third parties (e.g., their friends' computers, their spouses' smartphones). In either instance, their employers or the other third parties will typically have access to these emails.
An employer or other third party who has access to these emails may read them, which could be problematic in and of itself. Even access without necessarily reading the emails may trigger a waiver of the attorney-client privilege. This privilege is what protects our communications with our clients and keeps them confidential.
In light of these attorney-client privilege issues, clients should not communicate with their attorneys from a work email account or on a device they do not personally own. Such communication may jeopardize the confidentiality of the information they exchange with their attorney by email.
If our clients have provided a work email address to their Stein Sperling attorney, we ask that they please contact him or her to substitute that address with a personal email address that will be used only for attorney-client communication. This should be an account that only they can access and that they will access only on devices they personally own.
If you have questions concerning the attorney-client privilege or use of emails to communicate with your Stein Sperling attorney, please contact him or her at 301-340-2020.
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