While lawyers are associated in a firm, none of them shall knowingly represent a client when any one of them practicing alone would be prohibited from doing so by Rule 1.7 or 1.9, unless the prohibition is based on a personal interest of the prohibited lawyer and does not present a significant risk of materially limiting the representation of the client by the remaining lawyers in the firm.
When a lawyer becomes associated with a firm, and the lawyer is prohibited from representing a client pursuant to Rule 1.9(b), other lawyers in the firm may represent that client if there is no reasonably apparent risk that confidential information of the previously represented client will be used with material adverse effect on that client because:
(1) any confidential information communicated to the lawyer is unlikely to be significant in the subsequent matter;
(2) the lawyer is subject to screening measures adequate to prevent disclosure of the confidential information and to prevent involvement by that lawyer in the representation; and
(3) timely and adequate notice of the screening has been provided to all affected clients.
When a lawyer has terminated an association with a firm, the firm is not prohibited from thereafter representing a person with interests materially adverse to those of a client represented by the formerly associated lawyer and not currently represented by the firm, unless:
(1) the matter is the same or substantially related to that in which the formerly associated lawyer represented the client; and
A disqualification prescribed by this rule may be waived by the affected client under the conditions stated in Rule 1.7.
The disqualification of lawyers associated in a firm with former or current government lawyers is governed by Rule 1.11.
(Amended effective for all lawyer conduct occurring on or after August 1, 1999; amended effective October 1, 2005.)