Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP's Managing Partner Mark D. Hinderks served as the principal author of a American College of Trial Lawyers' white paper on "Attorney Client Privilege in Congressional Investigations."
The ACTL paper (under the auspices of the ACTL's Attorney-Client Relationships Committee chaired by Hinderks) reviews the current status of the law and practice in congressional investigations, discusses whether the attorney-client privilege should apply given the intersection of the policies that underpin the attorney-client privilege and congressional investigations, and offers best practice suggestions for those attorneys whose clients (or themselves) are the target of congressional subpoenas for information.
The American College of Trial Lawyers, founded in 1950, is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada. Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only, after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and those whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. The College strives to improve and elevate the standards of trial practice, the administration of justice and the ethics of the trial profession.
Hinderks, a proven advocate with broad successful experience in substantial business and public law litigation, is a frequent speaker and author on legal ethics and professional responsibility and trial practice. During the past several years, he has spoken on these topics at more than 75 seminars, conferences and meetings. He also is a co-founder of “Ethics for Good,” a benefit series of ethics presentations in which net proceeds go entirely to local charities.
Read the ACTL paper, "Attorney Client Privilege in Congressional Investigations."