We are initially bound and governed by RPC 1.6 of the Rules of Professional Conduct, as adopted by the Supreme Coup of the State of New Jersey. RPC 1.6, titled "Confidentiality of Information", specifically provides in pertinent part as follows:
(A) A lawyer shall not reveal information relating to representation of a client unless the client consents after consultation, except for disclosures that are impliedly authorized in order to carry out the representation, and except as stated in paragraphs (b) and (c).
(B) A lawyer shall reveal such information to the proper authorities as soon as, and to the extent necessary the lawyer reasonably believes necessary, to present the client
from committing a criminal, illegal or fraudulent act that the lawyer reasonably believes is likely to result in death or substantial bodily harm or substantial injury to the financial interest or property of another;
from committing a criminal, illegal or fraudulent act that the lawyer reasonably believes is likely to perpetuate a fraud upon a tribunal.
(C) A lawyer may reveal such information to the extent the lawyer reasonably believes necessary:
to rectify the consequences of a client's criminal, illegal or fraudulent act in the furtherance of which the lawyer's services had been used;
to establish a claim or defense on behalf of the lawyer in a controversy between the lawyer and the client, to establish a defense to a criminal charge, civil claim or disciplinary proceeding against the lawyer based upon the conduct in which the client was involved; or
to comply with other law.
unit; and to protect against fraud.