Confidentiality Agreement


It is impossible to overstate the importance of the attorney-client privilege. So sacred is the relationship
between lawyer and client that information given to the lawyer by the client is "privileged communication"
the lawyer cannot be compelled to testify concerning it. This bedrock principle between attorney and client
creates the trust and confidence required for proper representation. Our firm's clients are the most
important people with whom we interact. Without them, the law practice cannot survive.
In the course of your work with (
) you will undoubtedly have access to confidential
client information. It's one of your most serious responsibilities that you in no way reveal any such
information and that you use it only in the performance of your duties. Should you have doubts about what
might be considered confidential information or a violation of trust, you should seek advice from the
Managing Partner.
OPTIONAL ADDITIONS (Use as applicable)
(a) Employees are responsible for the internal security and safekeeping of such information. It is your
responsibility to read and follow the policies on protecting information.
(b) Employees are prohibited from engaging in securities transactions on the basis of information not
available to the general public and that, if known to outsiders, might affect their investment decisions. The
dissemination of such information to others who might make use of that knowledge to trade in securities is
also prohibited.
(c) Proprietary and confidential information can take many shapes, including, but not limited to; the names
of clients the firm represents or the fact of their visits to the office, documents, notes, overheard
conversations, tapes, diskettes, personal observations, records, research, blueprints, financial statements,
licensing agreements, trust funds, criminal records, strategic plans, product developments, emails,
pending patents, research proposals, chemical or biologic formulae or allegations made by others about
our clients.
(d) Employees will be required to sign a statement of confidentiality at the time of hire and annually
throughout their term of employment to acknowledge their awareness of, and to reaffirm their commitment
to, this policy.
(e) Employees are expected not to divulge, during their term of employment or after their employment is
terminated, any information confidential or proprietary information acquired during their employment.
(f) Information regarding the operations, activities, and business affairs of the firm are also to be kept
confidential and not discussed with outsiders.
(g) Employees found to be in violation of the firm's confidentiality policies are subject to disciplinary action,
up to and including termination, and may also be subject to civil and/or criminal penalties for violations of,
among other things, applicable securities laws.


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