Womble Carlyle’s Cathy Hinger and Freddie Mac Associate General Counsel Scott L. Walker led a CLE presentation on “Responding to Third-Party Subpoenas—A Hazard of Doing Business.” The Oct. 5 presentation took place in Womble Carlyle’s Northern Virginia office and was presented by the Association of Corporate Counsel National Capital Region chapter.
Third-party subpoenas divert time, attention and cost from already limited resources and they usually come with short deadlines and mysterious purposes that immediately put in-house counsel on high alert for client protection. Hinger and Walker led an engaging discussion on the rights and obligations of subpoena recipients and offered a refresher on contemporary legal authorities addressing the scope of burdens that may be imposed on third parties, including a discussion of cost-shifting trends. They also reviewed ways that in-house lawyers can use third-party subpoenas as offensive tools in commercial litigation.
Cathy Hinger represents companies in business disputes involving residential and commercial real estate development projects, commercial leasing, multifamily housing, airport retail and concession development, employment discrimination, commercial contracts, business fraud, manufacturing, distribution and franchise, supply chain interruption and gaming regulation. Hinger also has defended clients charged with white collar crimes and has litigated cases involving premises liability, severe property damage, catastrophic injuries, aviation disasters and wrongful death. Hinger leads the Women of Womble initiative. She practices in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.