Originally Posted by Martha
I'd complain that there is a conflict of interest if they are representing someone adverse to you. However,* I don't know what the rules of professional responsibility provide in Illinois and if the rules would treat you like a former client because you disclosed information to the attorney in confidence. If you are* a former client, they most likely could not represent another party on the same matter.
The model rule regarding duties to former clients, not necessarily in effect in Illinois,* is at the ABA website: http://www.abanet.org/cpr/mrpc/rule_1_9.html
Every once in a while, we get people calling us that we believe are trying to conflict us out of being adverse to them.* We try hard not to obtain information in detail about a matter until we are sure that we don't have any conflicts and there is not another reason to decline representation.*
Thanks Martha. My attorney finally called me back and he agrees
that these people are precluded from representing my opponents,
based on my discussions with them re. this issue. That's the good news.
The bad news is he does not see any way for me to prevail in this case,
and the other side can just hire another firm. Thus, the best I can do is
cause a delay. If someone gave me a fighting chance I would fight on.
Alas, no one seems to think I can win.