Michael E. McCabe, Jr. was quoted extensively in the lead feature story published on March 4, 2019 in Intellectual Property Law360 and Legal Ethics Law360 , entitled How Firms Can Avoid Conflicts Involving Corporate Affiliates (by Ryan Davis) (sub. req’d). The Law360 article discusses the ethical risks faced by lawyers who represent an entity that has multiple affiliates and whether the lawyer’s representation of one entity in a corporate family precludes a representation adverse to other entities within the same corporate family. The genesis of the article was the Federal Circuit’s February 8, 2019 decision and order disqualifying Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP in a patent case due to a conflict of interest involving affiliates of its client.
We discussed the issue of corporate affiliate conflicts, as well as the Federal Circuit’s decision disqualifying the Katten firm, in our recent post here.