Lawyers Ordered to Testify on Client’s Tax Evasion Case by Matthew Goldstein and Alexandra Stevenson

In their article, Matthew Goldstein and Alexandra Stevenson discuss the case of former banker and oil investor Morris E. Zukerman who was accused of avoiding $45 million in income and sales taxes. Zukerman’s lawyers from William & Connolly – James A. Bruton III and James T. Fuller III – are now being brought before a federal grand jury to testify. Goldstein and Stevenson explain,

Typically, lawyers cannot be compelled to testify or produce evidence against a client in a grand jury investigation. But in rare cases, judges can require it, if there is evidence that clients’ communication with their lawyers was done purposely to further a crime or a fraud. In the law, it is known as the crime-fraud exception to the attorney-client privilege.

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Posted by Allison Trupp, Associate Editor, Wealth Strategies Journal