I got a threatening letter from lawyer Y the other day. They claim they are representing company X. Since I wasn't sure, I wrote back, asking for documentation of their retention by company X. I also wrote directly to company X asking if they had retained Y as their lawyer.

No response.

Does a lawyer have to provide documentation that they are representing the company they say they are?

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    Lawyers are specifically forbidden from lying about who they represent. (americanbar.org/groups/professional_responsibility/publications/…) If you can demonstrate that this lawyer does not in fact represent this client, then they are risking serious sanctions up to being disbarred.
    – abelenky
    Commented Feb 23, 2019 at 21:37
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    And otherwise, they have no obligation to you. I would not expect either the company or the lawyer to cooperate with you, so you should communicate with them via your attorney.
    – user6726
    Commented Feb 23, 2019 at 21:58
  • @abelenky -- Good answer: you should post it as such!
    – feetwet
    Commented Mar 8, 2019 at 21:41


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