Attorney's Duty of Confidentiality

Definition

The ethical duty of a lawyer not to affirmatively disclose information related to the representation of a client. Unlike the attorney-client privilege, the duty of confidentiality is in effect at all times, not just in the face of legal demands for client information.  

Illustrative case law

See, e.g. Nix v. Whiteside, 475 U.S. 157 (1986).

See also