Tape Recording Conversation with Opposing Lawyer
Opinion rules that it is not a violation of the Rules of Professional Conduct for a lawyer to tape record a conversation with an opposing lawyer without disclosure to the opposing lawyer.
Editor's Note: This opinion was originally published as RPC 171 (Revised).
Is it unethical for an attorney to make a tape recording of a conversation with an opposing attorney regarding a pending case without disclosing to the opposing attorney that the conversation is being recorded?
No, it would not be a violation of the Rules of Professional Conduct. However, as a matter of professionalism, lawyers are encouraged to disclose to the other lawyer that a conversation is being tape recorded.