When a lawyer chooses to take a path that benefits him or her more than the client, ethical issues are sparked and malpractice usually results. One main area of ethical violations that occur in the legal profession is called a conflict of interest. A conflict of interest occurs when a lawyer represents multiple parties who have opposing interests, or chooses his or her own interests over that of the clients. This is not allowed under the rules of professional responsibility, and you have rights that can be protected if this has happened to you.
For more information regarding conflicts of interest and how to bring a claim against your past lawyer, contact Bryan Murphy today. Based in Portland, he serves clients throughout all of Multnomah County.
Representing Multiple Parties at Once
In certain instances, it is okay for a lawyer to represent multiple parties at one time, so long as all of their interests align. Once any interest of any party is not in perfect alignment with all the other parties, that lawyer must resign as counsel. If he or she does not, he or she is committing an ethical violation under the conflict of interest rules and can be held accountable in a court of law for his or her actions.
Have you been involved in a situation like this before? If so, speaking with an experienced attorney can help you recover for any damages you have suffered due to the attorney's malpractice. Bryan Murphy has been assisting clients in cases like this since 1989 and can answer any questions you may have.
Inside Knowledge and the Problems Created
Many times, a conflict of interest means that a lawyer once represented a party and gained a lot of inside knowledge regarding that individual that the attorney would not otherwise have been able to obtain. Then later down the road, that attorney represents another individual against that first client and uses that inside knowledge to the attorney's advantage.
Under the rules of professional responsibility in Oregon, this is not allowed. The state wants to preserve the attorney-client relationship, so using privileged information against a former client is strictly forbidden. If this situation has happened to you, consult with an experienced malpractice lawyer immediately.
Get Answers to Your Questions Regarding Conflicts of Interests in Portland
If you have any questions related to conflicts of interests, contact Bryan Murphy today. You may reach him by phone at 503-505-7954.