Interviewing Employee of Adverse Corporate Party
Opinion rules that an attorney generally may interview a rank and file employee of an adverse corporate party without the knowledge or consent of the corporate party or its counsel.
After a workers' compensation claim has been filed and the employer is represented by counsel, may the claimant's attorney contact a nonmanagerial co-employee of the claimant to discuss the circumstances of the alleged accident without obtaining consent of counsel for the employer?
Yes. Rule 7.4(a) of the Rules of Professional Conduct generally prohibits contact with only those employees of a represented corporate party which have managerial responsibility or who have been authorized to speak for the corporation. Rank and file employees whose personal acts or omissions are not at issue may ordinarily be interviewed without the knowledge or consent of the corporate party or its counsel. See CPR 2.