Maintaining Friendships Between In-House and Outside Counsel

May 9, 2012

Angela A. Turiano

ABA Section of Litigation, Woman Advocate

Angela A. Turiano


There are many circumstances where lawyers and clients maintain friendships without issue. For example, the family lawyer who after 20+ years of service is considered more of a friend than a hired professional. But the dynamic changes when the client is a company and the lawyer is with an outside law firm hired to represent the company’s interest. In this situation, where the in-house lawyer assumes the role of “the client,” the friendships that often form between the outside lawyers and their in-house clients can be difficult to navigate and, if not kept in check, adverse to the company’s interests.

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