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Government Attorneys and Public Officials



Advising both zoning commission and board of zoning appeals
72-12
Assistant attorney general handling litigation for state against former client
71-14
City attorney
    Advising city on legislation when partner is legislator 67-12
    Appearances by assistant city attorney before state road board or department when partner is on road board
    65-2
    Attacking validity of instruments drawn by partner when partner was city attorney
    59-32
    City personnel board's legal advisor also representing private clients before or against city
    59-25, 69-21
    Former assistant city attorney representing private client in zoning matter
    69-14
    Law firm representing litigants in cases involving auto accidents investigated by city police
    72-9
    Maintaining private criminal and civil practice
    63-24, 67-52
    Prosecuting someone formerly represented by partner
    63-31
    Representing private claimants against city's insurer
    76-18
City councilman
    Partner practicing before municipal judge 62-5
    Representing client in county and circuit courts
    71-12
    Representing client re: accident investigated by city police officer
    71-25
Communication with government agency 87-2, 09-1
Conflict of interests
Current multiple representation
    Advisor to city's personnel board representing private clients before or against city 59-25, 69-21
County attorney
    Also representing property owners in condemnation suits 59-2, 69-22
    Representing individual commissioner before state ethics commission
    77-30, 77-30 Rec
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County government and traffic defendants in county court 81-7
County prosecutor representing plaintiff in auto accident case against defendant charged with criminal violation
59-2
    Legal advisor to both zoning commission and zoning appeals board 72-12
    Municipality in one type of matter and private clients against municipality in other matters
    75-33
    Police legal advisor/legal officer engaged in criminal defense work
    76-43, 78-7
    Public defender serving simultaneously as prosecuting attorney
    68-57
    School board represented by assistant state attorney
    65-72
    Sheriff represented by lawyers who maintain criminal defense practice
    74-37, 74-37 Rec., 76-3, 78-8, 96-2
    State board consisting of governor and cabinet represented by firm that also represents private clients in suits against cabinet members and state agencies
    65-42
Former Former client
    Assistant attorney general handling litigation for state against former client 71-14
Imputed disqualification Mayor referring cases against city 62-57
Municipal advisory board member representing private clients before other municipal agencies
74-27
    Personal interests of lawyer
    Assistant city attorney who is president of city employees association presenting its proposals to municipal officials 64-57
    Government attorney's membership in employee union
    64-57, 77-15 & 77-15 BOG
    Setting up own corporation to act as fiscal agent for cities while also representing cities using corporation's services
    61-13
Representing civil plaintiff after conducting related criminal proceedings as coroner 61-22
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Switching sides
    Advising tax assessor in property dispute between city and corporation, then representing city in declaratory action filed by tax assessor 69-7
    Conducting examination of taxpayer's returns while a lay employee of IRS and later representing same taxpayer in related IRS investigation
    71-1
    County attorney representing county in condemnation proceeding after having represented some property owners in same matter
    66-5
    Coroner
      Representing plaintiff in civil action arising from accident after conducting related criminal proceeding 61-22
      Representing Department of Insurance in child support cases 11-1
    County attorney representing
      County in condemnation suit after having represented homeowners in same matter 66-53
      Criminal defendants when public duties limited to civil matters
      67-52
      Individual county commissioner charged with misconduct before ethics commission
      77-30, 77-30 Rec
      Property owners in condemnation suits
      59-2, 69-22
      Traffic defendants in county court
      81-7
    County commissioner practicing before circuit judges 59-10
    County prosecutor
    Representing
      Plaintiff in civil case against defendant charged with criminal violation 59-2
      Private clients against county
      65-17
    Simultaneously serving as public defender 68-57
      Financial disclosure laws and attorney-client confidentiality 77-25
      Former lay employee of IRS acting as counsel in matter related to prior IRS investigation in which he was involved
      71-1
      Juvenile court's legal counsel maintaining private practice 71-17
      Legislators
        Congressman's name cannot remain in law firm name 70-64
        Employed as city attorney or counsel for special district
        76-5
        Law firm sharing space with lobbyist's firm
        71-59
        Office door of law firm showing that member of firm is state legislator
        68-29
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Partner
    Advises city on legislation as part-time city attorney 67-12
    Is city attorney or counsel for special tax district
    76-5
    Representing public bodies created by legislature
    73-19
    Mayor receiving referral fees
    62-57
    Municipal advisory board member representing clients before other municipal agencies
    74-27
    Name of
    Partner on 18-month leave to work for government remaining in law firm name
    72-18
    Public official not actively practicing law cannot remain in law firm name
    70-64
Partner
    Accepting employment by hospital board chaired by partner 65-57
    Appearing before public body represented by member of firm
    60-12
    Representing criminal defendant while firm represents sheriff
    74-37, 74-37 rec., 76-3, 78-8, 96-2
Police legal advisor representing criminal defendants 76-43, 78-7
Private law practice operated by public official from premises furnished for public business
72-14
Prosecutors. See
Criminal Defense Attorneys and Prosecutors .
Public Defenders. See
Criminal Defense Attorneys and Prosecutors .
Public statements about pending litigation
70-43
Representing
    Board consisting of governor and cabinet and representing private clients against cabinet members and state agencies 65-42
    Clients before municipal agencies while serving on advisory board
    74-27
    Municipality in labor relations matters while representing private clients against municipality
    75-33
    Public body chaired by partner
    65-57
    State against former client
    71-14
Sheriff represented by firm that also represents criminal defendants 74-37, 74-37 rec., 76-3, 78-8, 96-2
Trial publicity
70-43
Union membership
64-57, 77-15, 77-15 BOG
U.S. Department of Justice attorneys, communication rule applicable to
90-4
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[Revised: 03-27-2013]