94 N.J.L.J. 801
September 2, 1971
Conflict of Interest
Municipal Utilities Authority Attorney
The inquirer is about to engage in a course of study which
will very likely lead to his being appointed by a municipality as
the attorney for its municipal utility authority, and he has made
these two inquiries.
1. If appointed may he, his partner or his associate thereafter appear before the various municipal agencies of the same municipality on behalf of private clients? This inquiry is answered in the negative. See our Opinions 52, 87 N.J.L.J. 610 (1964); 79, 88 N.J.L.J. 460 (1965); 82, 88 N.J.L.J. 581 (1965); 98, 89 N.J.L.J. 641 (1966); 123, point #3, 91 N.J.L.J. 97 (1968).
2. May he, his partner or his associate be employed to represent other municipal agencies of the same municipality while he is employed as attorney for the municipal utilities authority?
This inquiry has been previously answered by our Opinion 67, 88 N.J.L.J. 81 (1965), in which we said, "In our opinion, a municipal attorney cannot serve as attorney for any board or agency of the same municipality if there is or may be a conflict of interest in a particular situation. We express no opinion as to whether the representations are incompatible."