Client Conflicts and Driver/Passenger Representation in a Personal Injury Case

By Scott B. Cooper

Two people who were severely injured in a single-vehicle rollover accident seek to have you represent both of them in a product liability claim against the manufacturer. One was the driver, and the other was a passenger. You know there is a good chance the manufacturer will attempt to blame the driver for the loss of control that precipitated the rollover. May you accept them both as clients? Should you?

This article addresses basic rules concerning client conflicts. Although the article's focus is on auto accident victims, the concepts are applicable to a variety of conflict solutions.

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