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Attorney-Client Privilege: Can Client Identities Be Protected Under the Privilege?

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Produced on December 07, 2020

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Course Information

Time 1h 2m
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Ethics Tax

Course Description

The program, presented by Ian Comisky of Fox Rothschild and Bryan Skarklatos of Kostelanetz & Fink, will focus on the scope of the attorney-client privilege and whether client identities can be protected under the privilege. A recent decision, which at the time of this course description is subject to a motion for rehearing en banc, Taylor Lohmeyer Law Firm, PLLC v. the United States, 957 F.3d 505 (5th Cir. 2020), held that the identities of the client were not within the scope of the privilege. The program will explore the current status of the attorney-client privilege and the different approaches among the circuit courts as to whether the identities of clients may be protected.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the basics of the attorney-client privilege

  2. Examine the attorney-client privilege as it applies to client identity

  3. Analyze the differing approaches between the circuits, with a focus on the Taylor Lohmeyer decision, to determine when client identity may be protected

Credit Information

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Bryan Skarlatos

Kostelanetz & Fink

For more than thirty years, Bryan C. Skarlatos has represented individuals and corporations in civil and criminal tax controversies, white collar criminal and regulatory investigations, tax whistleblower matters and voluntary disclosures. He is often hired as an expert on tax standards, penalties and procedures.  

Mr. Skarlatos is an adjunct professor at New York University School of Law, where he teaches a course on Tax Penalties and Prosecutions and he is a Fellow in the American College of Tax Counsel.  He has also served as the chair of tax committees for many bar associations including the American Bar Association, New York State Bar Association and New York City Bar Association. 

Mr. Skarlatos has been recognized by New York Super Lawyers as one of the Top 100 lawyers in New York and he is listed in Best Lawyers in America where he was named Tax Litigator of the Year in New York for 2014 and 2017.  He also is ranked in Band One of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, which describes him as having a, “smart reassuring presence with insight into the government…extremely knowledgeable and very well connected to the various taxing authorities…Clients applaud him as being exceptionally brilliant at coming up with great outcomes.”

 Mr. Skarlatos speaks throughout the country on tax-related topics and he frequently is quoted in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Forbes, Bloomberg, Reuters, Financial Times, Tax Analysts-Tax Notes, and Bloomberg BNA Daily Tax Report.

Ian M. Comisky

Fox Rothschild LLP

Mr. Comisky is the Chair of International Compliance with the law firm of Fox Rothschild LLP. Mr. Comisky concentrates his practice in the areas of civil and criminal tax litigation, anti-money laundering compliance, and complex corporate and commercial litigation. Mr. Comisky is the co-author of Tax Fraud and Evasion which contains chapters dealing with money laundering and FATCA compliance issues. Mr. Comisky represents both corporations and individuals in criminal tax investigations, both administrative and the grand jury. Mr. Comisky has represented individuals and entities in connection with issues relating to foreign bank accounts and has represented foreign financial institutions in connection with FATCA compliance. Mr. Comisky has also been retained on banking and other corporate compliance matters primarily relating to the Bank Secrecy Act and related money laundering and asset forfeiture issues. Mr. Comisky has also been retained by directors and officers in civil and criminal securities litigation involving tax and accounting issues. Mr. Comisky has further handled other commercial litigation including RICO class action and other complex commercial disputes primarily in federal courts in Philadelphia and Florida. Mr. Comisky is an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School teaching a course in money laundering.


frank s.

best course yet

Mauro M.

Well done.

Fawziyyah M.

Excellent course!

Glenda L.

The speakers were excellent. The only issue I had was some muffled sound here and there.

Mary C.

The team approach on this one was great - These two work great together.

Twanna S.

Excellent content; speakers were engaging. Great job!

Diane M.

I really enjoyed the interplay between these two experienced lawyers.

Glenn Z.

Good program

Keith H.

The two of them together were great. "What happened? They put him in jail."

Colin Michael B.

Very Good and Clear presentation

Letcher E.

This was one of the best tandem seminars I have ever experienced. They make an interesting and engaging team.

Catherine D.

Super interesting!

Aaron G.

Great back and forth between two instructors. The course could have gone on longer but a great start.

Anthony R.


Young C.

This was the most informative course I've taken so far.

Diane H.

Good speakers!

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