ABA Formal Opinion 477: What Lawyers Need To Know About Protecting Client Data

ABA Formal Opinion 477 sets new guidelines for securing communication of protected client information. These standards are important for all lawyers – whether in-house or at a law firm, deal-maker or litigator – to know.

In this edition of Go To Litigator, Michael Cryan addresses the changing legal landscape lawyers should consider when using electronic means to communicate with clients. The video covers:

  • Duty of Competence
  • Duty of Confidentiality
  • Importance of Training Lawyers and Non-Lawyer Assistants
  • Duty to Communicate
  • Client’s Requirements/Outside Counsel Guidelines 

Data collection and storage has become a ubiquitous part of doing business, but the challenges of navigating the web of regulations can be daunting. Arent Fox regularly advises clients on how to protect their data at every stage, from advice and counseling to investigations, incident planning and response, insurance, and litigation.


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