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Pennsylvania Legal Ethics
1.10:100 Comparative Analysis of Pennsylvania Rule
Pennsylvania did not reformulate and move Rule 1.10(b) to Rule 1.9(b), as was the case with the Model Rules via amendment in 1989. PA-R 1.10 therefore still consists of sections a-d while MR 1.10 consists of sections a-c. PA-R 1.10(a), (c) and (d) are identical to MR 1.10(a), (b) and (c), respectively. PA-R 1.10(b), however, is notably distinct from MR 1.9(b). While the focus of MR 1.9(b) is the lawyer who has changed firms, the focus of PA-R 1.10(b) is the firm that has acquired a new lawyer. MR 1.9(b) prohibits a lawyer from representing interests adverse to those of a client represented by the lawyer's former firm in a substantially related matter if the lawyer acquired information material to the matter. PA-R 1.10(b), in contrast, prohibits a firm from representing a client whose interests are materially adverse to a former client of the lawyer's or the lawyer's former firm in a substantially related matter if the lawyer acquired material information about the matter -- unless the lawyer is screened and notice is given to the former client.
DR 5-105 provides a counterpart to Rule 1.10, stating that "no partner, associate or any other lawyer affiliated" with a lawyer disqualified from a particular employment "may accept or continue" that employment.
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