As a law office, we are subject to the confidentiality requirements of the legal canons of ethics set forth in the Rules of Professional Conduct for licensed attorneys of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. Specifically, with rare exceptions set forth in those rules, all information furnished by clients is confidential and cannot be voluntarily disclosed to third parties unless such disclosure is authorized by the client or authorization is implied from the nature of the services the client has retained us to perform. Generally a client is anyone who receives legal services for us for payment of a fee or pursuant to a pro bono agreement to provide free services or who receives an actual consultation, but does not include someone merely seeking free information or comment over the telephone, by e-mail or outside a consultation. You may also consult the Rules of Professional Conduct at http://www.mass.gov/courts/sjc
Information provided and states made during the course of a mediation is also confidential by operation of law and by virtue of the mediation agreement of the parties with the mediator. It cannot be divulged to third parties except with consent, upon a court order or in special circumstances involving the likelihood of imminent harm to someone.