First off as the topic subject says, I’m not looking for any legal advice - all parties and their lawyers have been informed of the scenario outlined below - I’m just personally curious if there is any conflict of interest.
A friend of mine is a defendant in a civil lawsuit to which I am a witness. The suit is supposed to be heard in about 3 weeks. The incident over which the suit is filed occurred about two years ago, but various motions and postponements have pushed the hearing out to this point. Up until about a week ago, all I knew is that my buddy was being sued and that I was one of the main defense witnesses. Last week I had the first meeting with his attorney. During the meeting, the attorney mentioned the firm representing the plaintiff, which was the first time in the last two years that I had heard it.
I have a little side business doing PC troubleshooting/installation/repair for small office/home office/home users. I have a contract with the plaintiff’s firm to work on their systems - they pay me a semi-annual retainer for which I give them blanket support (it’s actually a bad deal for me monetarily, but I did it to get my foot in the door and it has lead to other, more lucrative contracts so I’m happy with the arrangement ). I informed our attorney and he has informed the plaintiff’s firm. He didn’t come right out and say it, but he didn’t seem to think it was any big deal.
As the old acronym goes, IANAL, but out of curiosity, is there any conflict of interest since I, a witness for the defense, have a contractual agreement with the plaintiff’s law firm? I figure I’ll know for sure in at least three weeks, if not sooner, but I am just curious how situations like these are normally handled.
If it makes any difference, the plaintiff is requesting about $15,000 total in actual and punative damages.
And yes, I understand that any attorney replying to this thread is not my attorney, and I am not his or her client. Nothing mentioned in this thread can be construed as an offer for or acceptance of legal representation, nor any opinion be taken as legal advice.