According to the New Jersey Rules of Professional Conduct, “a lawyer shall keep a client reasonably informed about the status of a matter and promptly comply with reasonable requests for information.” RPC 1.4(b). Not only is regular communication with the client mandatory, but it is also just good practice.
Clients can become involved in litigation through a subpoena for testimony or the production of project documents, without actually being named in litigation. In some cases, our clients are aware of a claim lingering on the horizon which has not yet found its way to their doorstep. Our intention is to keep clients from being included in a costly litigation process through pre-claim assistance. In addition, we assess the potential for liability and exposure in the event that litigation is inevitable. We counsel our clients as to how to respond to such pre-litigation demands, represent their interest during depositions, and develop a strategy as to how best to either avoid or respond to potential litigation.