Q: Can I ask my primary attorney in a Ca premises liability lawsuit to keep something confidential from the partners?
A: You need to ask your primary attorney that question. He/she should have all the relevant information to answer that question. It's difficult to even guess at an answer based on what you have provided.
A: YES, YOU CAN ASK.
A LAWYER SHOULD KNOW EVERYTHING ABOUT THE CASE.
THE LAST THING YOU WANT IS FOR YOUR LAWYER TO GET SANDBAGED DURING TRIAL
A: Difficult to figure out which "partners" you are talking about. Are you speaking about your co-parties? Are you speaking about the partners in the law firm that employs your "primary" attorney? If you are speaking about the partners in the firm that employs the attorney you are working with, asking him to keep your information secret from his employer/ co-partners may be a violation of his employment/partnership agreement and is probably a violation of his ethical duty to the firm, particularly if what you have to say would put the firm in jeopardy. You hired a firm. They are liable for the knowledge of any one of the attorneys working there the same as if they all knew it. They make business decisions based on the shared knowledge. I certainly agree if this impacts your case you need to disclose it to your ATTORNEYS so they can prepare for it at trial or settlement negotiation.
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