Attorney-Client Privilege

Government contractors face ever-increasing pressure to develop robust compliance programs that, among other things, detect potential violations of laws and regulations—which they are then obliged to report to the agency inspector general and the contracting officer. Like many large contractors, Kellogg Brown & Root’s (KBR) law department oversees (and conducts) investigations into potentially reportable violations

Today, the D.C. Circuit granted a mandamus petition in an important case, In re Kellogg Brown & Root, involving to preservation of the attorney client privilege for internal investigations in today’s heavily regulated government contracting environment. The ability of companies to seek and protect the advice of counsel—which is critical to a company’s ability to conduct its business, and respond to and investigate compliance issues—is substantially bolstered by the decision in two vital ways.
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