In Unity There is Strength: The Advantages (and Disadvantages) of Joint Defense GroupsFebruary 28, 2013
It is not unusual today for counsel to be involved in cases with multiple defendants or in multiple cases involving the same defendant. In those types of cases it is often advantageous to work with counsel for the other defendants to prepare and present a joint defense to the pending claims. The best way to do so is to form a joint defense group. This article discusses the advantages associated with forming a joint defense group and the topics to be addressed in a joint defense agreement, identifies possible risks associated with creating a joint defense group, and discusses issues regarding preservation of the joint defense. Reprinted with the permission of the International Association of Defense Counsel.