Joint Representations: “More than Just One Client” Ethics

The ethics of multiple client representations refers to joint representations of more than one client in a single matter or related matters.  Often, the phrase “multiple client representations” conjures up images of representing dozens, hundreds or even thousands of clients in a joint representation—which relatively few lawyers do—and overlooks the fact that anytime a lawyer represents more than just one client in a matter, special ethics concerns arise.

1. Primary Rules

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Several Texas disciplinary rules touch on the ethical considerations involved in joint representation: Rule 1.06 (general conflicts of interest), Rule 1.07 (lawyer as intermediary), Rule 1.08(f), 1.12, and (sometimes) 2.02, Texas Rules of Professional Conduct.