Many times a lawyer is asked by a client seeking an initial consultation if what they are talking about is confidential. In addition, sometimes after the fact a lawyer finds out that the client was not truthful in their initial interview because they didn’t think that the information was confidential if they did not hire the lawyer.
All states offer confidentiality under state statutes, case law and ethics that govern the practice of law. Clients should be told in the initial interview that everything that is discussed (content) is strictly confidential. They also need assurances that if you involve staff in your case that they too keep a client’s case information confidential. Assuring a client of this confidentiality will assist in a free flow of information in the initial consultation.
Final Answer: The content of your initial consultation with any lawyer is confidential, whether or not you engage their services after the initial consultation.