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ER 1.10. Imputation of Conflicts of Interest: General Rule

Arizona Revised Statutes AnnotatedRules of the Supreme Court of ArizonaEffective: February 28, 2023

Arizona Revised Statutes Annotated
Rules of the Supreme Court of Arizona (Refs & Annos)
V. Regulation of the Practice of Law
D. Lawyer Obligations
Rule 42. Arizona Rules of Professional Conduct
Client-Lawyer Relationship
Effective: February 28, 2023
A.R.S. Sup.Ct.Rules, Rule 42, Rules of Prof.Conduct, ER 1.10
ER 1.10. Imputation of Conflicts of Interest: General Rule
(a) While lawyers and nonlawyers are associated in a firm, none of them shall knowingly represent a client on legal or nonlegal matters when any one of them practicing alone would be prohibited from doing so by ERs 1.7 or 1.9, unless the prohibition is based on a personal interest of the prohibited lawyer or nonlawyer and does not present a significant risk of materially limiting the representation of the client by the remaining lawyers and nonlawyers in the firm.
(b) When a lawyer has terminated an association with a firm, the firm is not prohibited from thereafter representing a person with interests materially adverse to those of a client represented by the formerly associated lawyer and not currently represented by the firm. unless:
(1) the matter is the same or substantially related to that in which the formerly associated lawyer represented the client; and
(2) any lawyer remaining in the firm has information protected by ERs 1.6 and 1.9(c) that is material to the matter. If the only such information is contained in documents or electronically stored information maintained by the firm, and the firm adopts screening procedures that are reasonably adequate to prevent access to such documents or electronically stored information by the remaining lawyers, those remaining lawyers will not be considered to have protected information within the meaning of this Rule.
(c) A disqualification prescribed by this Rule may be waived by the affected client under the conditions stated in ER 1.7.
(d) When a lawyer becomes associated with a firm, no lawyer associated in the firm shall knowingly represent a person in a matter in which that lawyer is disqualified under ER 1.9 unless:
(1) the personally disqualified lawyer did not have primary responsibility for the matter that causes the disqualification under Rule 1.9;
(2) the personally disqualified lawyer is timely screened from any participation in the matter and is apportioned no part of the fee therefrom;
(3) written notice is promptly given to any affected former client to enable it to ascertain compliance with the provisions of this Rule, including a description of the particular screening procedures adopted; when they were adopted; a statement by the personally disqualified lawyer and the new firm that the former client's material confidential information has not been disclosed or used in violation of the Rules; and an agreement by the new firm to respond promptly to any written inquiries or objections by the former client about the screening procedure; and
(4) the personally disqualified lawyer and the new firm reasonably believe that the steps taken to accomplish the screening of material confidential information will be effective in preventing such information from being disclosed to the new firm and its client.
(e) The disqualification of lawyers associated in a firm with former or current government lawyers is governed by ER 1.11.
(f) If a nonlawyer is personally disqualified pursuant to paragraph (a), the nonlawyer may be screened and the nonlawyer's personal disqualification is not imputed to the rest of the firm unless the nonlawyer is an owner, shareholder, partner, officer, or director of the firm.
(g) If a lawyer is personally disqualified from representing a client due to events or conduct in which the person engaged before the person became licensed as a lawyer, the lawyer may be screened, and the lawyer's personal disqualification is not imputed to the rest of the firm unless the lawyer is an owner, shareholder, partner, officer or director of the firm.

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Amended June 9, 2003, effective Dec. 1, 2003; Aug. 27, 2015, effective Jan. 1, 2016; Aug. 27, 2020, effective Jan. 1, 2021.
17A Pt. 2 A. R. S. Sup. Ct. Rules, Rule 42, Rules of Prof. Conduct, ER 1.10, AZ ST S CT RULE 42 RPC ER 1.10
State Court Rules are current with amendments received through November 15, 2023. The Code of Judicial Administration is current with amendments received through November 1, 2023.
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