The attorney is spreading details of me openly in public without a care and is continuously doing so.
"Are conversations with a lawyer you know that is one, without retaining them, still protected under client-attorney privilege?" -- Yes. Consultations for the purpose of obtaining legal advice, in private, are privileged, whether or not you actually retain the attorney. The privilege does not attach if other unnecessary persons are present, or in other circumstances where you had no expectation of confidentiality.
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if you are just trying to get a "street" consultation with a lawyer and others were present to hear the details, that is not protected but private conversations with a lawyer (even if he or she is a friend or neighbor) without any third parties being present are protected. Even if others were present I would approach the attorney privately and ask him or her to stop the distribution of details. Best of luck to you.
This information is provided as a public service to provide a general answer and should not be relied upon as legal advice.
Not all conversations with attorneys will be subject to attorney/client confidentiality. If you consulted with an attorney about a legal matter, that conversation may be privileged even if you did not end up retaining the attorney. But even in such conversations, not all information, especially information that may be public knowledge, would be subject to confidentiality.
It is impossible to say whether your conversation is covered by any privilege based on your description.
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