If you have an attorney, other lawyers representing other parties in the matter are prohibited from speaking to you. They must first obtain consent from your attorney, who will necessarily ask you how you feel about it. If you are being sued and have an attorney, contact your attorney IMMEDIATELY should someone else try to speak to you about the matter. If you are on probation or charged with a crime the rule also applies.
The California State Bar Rules of Professional Conduct state in Rule 2-100:
(A) While representing a client, a member shall not communicate directly or indirectly about the subject of the representation with a party the member knows to be represented by another lawyer in the matter, unless the member has the consent of the other lawyer.
(B) For purposes of this rule, a “party” includes:
(1) An officer, director, or managing agent of a corporation or association, and a partner or managing agent of a partnership; or
(2) An association member or an employee of an association, corporation, or partnership, if the subject of the communication is any act or omission of such person in connection with the matter which may be binding upon or imputed to the organization for purposes of civil or criminal liability or whose statement may constitute an admission on the part of the organization.
(C) This rule shall not prohibit:
(1) Communications with a public officer, board, committee, or body; or
(2) Communications initiated by a party seeking advice or representation from an independent lawyer of the party’s choice; or
(3) Communications otherwise authorized by law.
Thus, under (C)(2), it is acceptable for a party (the person represented, not the lawyer) to speak to other counsel if they are seeking advice or representation from another lawyer. But it is NOT acceptable for other counsel to contact a party. If you have other questions about these matters, you may call my office at (916) 363-1211 or the CA State Bar ethics hotline at 800-238-4427, toll free from within California.
Click here to go to the State Bar Ethics page.