Thomas E. Spahn
Thomas Spahn is a partner with McGuireWoods and practices as a commercial litigator. He regularly advises Fortune 500 companies on high-stake issues. Spahn also advises in-house counsel on ethics issues including conflicts of interest and confidentiality.
Recently by Thomas E. Spahn
Companies House Reforms: The Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill
The Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill, published 22 September 2022, proposes fundamental changes to Companies House. The government intends these changes to improve data reliability at Companies House and deter money laundering and fraud.Read More
Court Addresses “Client” Identity in a Closely Held Corporation
Identifying the "client" in closely held corporations can be difficult, but critical. That determination can affect both privilege protection for communications, and the right to access privileged communications between the corporation’s management and its lawyer.Read More
S.D.N.Y. Takes a Demanding View of the “Functional Equivalent” Doctrine
Under the common law "functional equivalent" doctrine, corporations sometimes may claim privilege protection for communications to or from a non-employee who is the "functional equivalent" of an employee. This common sense privilege expansion can be extremely helpful for corporations reducing employee head count and outsourcing some important functions.Read More
Where Should Lawyers Look for the Applicable Attorney-Client Privilege?
The attorney-client privilege originated in Roman law, and flourished under what John Adams labeled "that most excellent monument of human art, the common of law of England." But in America, some states articulate their key privilege in statutes, some in rules, some in pure common law and some with a mixture of those.Read More
State Court Takes a Narrow View of the Common Interest Doctrine
Under the common interest doctrine, separately represented clients may sometimes contractually avoid the normal waiver impact of disclosing privileged communications to each other. But federal and state courts take widely varying approaches to this helpful (but dangerously imprecise) waiver-avoidance arrangement.Read More