Business Law

Business Law News 2021, ISSUE 3

B-Law B-Law B-Law: Ethics for Business Lawyers – The No Contact Rule1

Neil J Wertlieb

Neil J Wertlieb, the author of this article, is a Founding Member and Co-Chair of the California Lawyers Association Ethics Committee, and a former Chair of the Business Law Section and its Corporations and Business Litigation committees. Mr. Wertlieb is a transactional lawyer, educator, and ethicist, who provides expert witness services in disputes involving business transactions and corporate governance and in cases involving attorney malpractice and attorney ethics. For additional information, please visit The views expressed herein are his own.

This edition of B-Law B-Law B-Law addresses the application of the so-called "No Contact Rule" to business lawyers. Continue to watch this column for guidance on ethical issues of particular interest to business lawyers in the State of California.

In our last column, we briefly discussed the No Contact Rule and its application to deal negotiations and documentation. In this edition, we take a deeper dive into exploring the application of the No Contact Rule to business lawyers more generally.

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