Harry Potter Demonstrates the Importance of Attorney-Client Confidentiality
Recently, the public became aware of the fact that J.K. Rowling is the author of a murder mystery, “The Cuckoo’s Calling.” For anyone who has been living under a rock the past decade, J.K. Rowling is the author of the Harry Potter series, a wonderful series that I have grown up reading, and continue to re-read. Rowling had attempted to keep her identity secret by writing “The Cuckoo’s Calling” under another name.
Unfortunately, Rowling’s attorney disclosed this fact to his wife, who in turn told her friend. Apparently the attorney’s wife needs friends who are a little more tight-lipped, because the friend immediately posted this fact to Twitter, letting the world know that Rowling’s was the author of “The Cuckoo’s Calling.” This book, while receiving good reviews without Rowling’s name being attached to it, then shot up the bestseller list. This would be great news to a little-known author struggling to make ends meet, but Rowling is neither. Rowling is worth about a billion dollars (yes a billion!), and is one of the most well-known authors in our modern age. She has publicly stated how disappointed she is in both her attorney and the law firm she hired.
In Colorado, attorney-client confidentiality is covered by Rule 1.6, which states that a lawyer may not reveal information relating to the representation of the client unless the client gives informed consent of the disclosure, or if the disclosure is permitted by specific exceptions noted in the rule, which are very clear and typically involve preventing death and other crimes.
Harry Potter is a great example highlighting how important the attorney-client relationship is, and something that The Law Firm of Lindsey Daugherty, LLC takes very seriously.