ROBINSON LAW OFFICE, PLLC  

Former Navy Pilot Providing Legal Representation and Professional Advice with Honor

Divorce and Family Law in Northern Virginia

Two Law Office Locations:  Manassas, Virginia  and  Fairfax, Virginia

 

Ronald Robinson

(BA, MBA, JD)

Attorney at Law


Website Use Terms

Home Page

Phone Consult

Office Consult

Mediation Request

Family Law Info

Frequent Questions

Fairfax Divorce

Military Divorce

Manassas Divorce

Stafford Divorce

Loudoun Divorce

Lawyer Biography

Address & Maps

Home Page

Website Use Terms


Lieutenant Robinson, U.S. Navy Flight Instructor, 1992

All Rights Reserved. Copyright 1999 by Ronald Robinson.

 

 

Secrecy, Confidentiality and Attorney-Client Privilege

 

Consultation Secrecy (click here) - "I'm still living with my spouse, how do I keep my consultation a secret?"

 

Virginia Rules of Professional Conduct

Rule 1.6

Confidentiality of Information.

(a) A lawyer shall not reveal information protected by the attorney-client privilege under applicable law or other information gained in the professional relationship that the client has requested be held inviolate or the disclosure of which would be embarrassing or would be likely to be detrimental to the client unless the client consents after consultation, except for disclosures that are impliedly authorized in order to carry out the representation, and except as stated in paragraphs (b) and (c).

(b) To the extent a lawyer reasonably believes necessary, the lawyer may reveal:

(1) such information to comply with law or a court order;

(2) such information to establish a claim or defense on behalf of the lawyer in a controversy between the lawyer and the client, to establish a defense to a criminal charge or civil claim against the lawyer based upon conduct in which the client was involved, or to respond to allegations in any proceeding concerning the lawyer's representation of the client;

(3) such information which clearly establishes that the client has, in the course of the representation, perpetrated upon a third party a fraud related to the subject matter of the representation;

(4) such information reasonably necessary to protect a client's interests in the event of the representing lawyer's death, disability, incapacity or incompetence;

(5) such information sufficient to participate in a law office management assistance program approved by the Virginia State Bar or other similar private program

(6) information to an outside agency necessary for statistical, bookkeeping, accounting, data processing, printing, or other similar office management purposes, provided the lawyer exercises due care in the selection of the agency, advises the agency that the information must be kept confidential and reasonably believes that the information will be kept confidential.

(c) A lawyer shall promptly reveal:

(1) the intention of a client, as stated by the client, to commit a crime and the information necessary to prevent the crime, but before revealing such information, the attorney shall, where feasible, advise the client of the possible legal consequences of the action, urge the client not to commit the crime, and advise the client that the attorney must reveal the client's criminal intention unless thereupon abandoned, and, if the crime involves perjury by the client, that the attorney shall seek to withdraw as counsel;

(2) information which clearly establishes that the client has, in the course of the representation, perpetrated a fraud related to the subject matter of the representation upon a tribunal. Before revealing such information, however, the lawyer shall request that the client advise the tribunal of the fraud. For the purposes of this paragraph and paragraph (b)(3), information is clearly established when the client acknowledges to the attorney that the client has perpetrated a fraud; or

(3) information concerning the misconduct of another attorney to the appropriate professional authority under Rule 8.3. When the information necessary to report the misconduct is protected under this Rule, the attorney, after consultation, must obtain client consent. Consultation should include full disclosure of all reasonably foreseeable consequences of both disclosure and non-disclosure to the client.

 

Attorney-Client Privilege

United States Supreme Court in Swidler & Berlin v. United States, 524 U.S. 399 (1998).

"The attorney client privilege is one of the oldest recognized privileges for confidential communications. Upjohn Co. v. United States, 449 U.S. 383, 389 (1981); Hunt v. Blackburn, 128 U.S. 464, 470 (1888). The privilege is intended to encourage "full and frank communication between attorneys and their clients and thereby promote broader public interests in the observance of law and the administration of justice." Upjohn, supra, at 389."

 

Click to see the Website Use Terms. Virginia Divorce & Family Law, including Virginia Marital Settlement Agreement, Virginia Divorce Mediation, Virginia Separation Agreement, Virginia Property Settlement Agreement, Virginia Child Custody, Virginia Child Visitation, Virginia Child Support, Virginia Spousal Support (Virginia Alimony), and Virginia Equitable Distribution of Assets and Debts.  Manassas Divorce Mediation. Virginia Military Divorce. Manassas Divorce Lawyer. Prince William Divorce Lawyer. Stafford Divorce Lawyer. Fredericksburg Divorce Lawyer. Fairfax Divorce Lawyer. Manassas Divorce. Leesburg Divorce Lawyer. Loudoun Divorce Lawyer.