When Does Aggressive Advocacy Expose Lawyers to Potential Defamation Liability: Navigating the Bounds of Judicial Immunity [DRI: Professionalism Perspectives]

Thomas Wilkinson, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Commercial Litigation Department, and Alexa Sebia, an associate in the Commercial Litigation Department, explain how aggressive advocacy outside the confines of the courthouse may trigger potential defamation exposure for lawyers and their clients, even for lawyers who simply circulate filed pleadings to reporters or accurately summarize them via social media. They offer steps and strategies attorneys can take in order to reduce potential exposure to these defamation claims.

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