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PROFESSIONAL ETHICS OF THE FLORIDA BAR

OPINION 62-26 (Reconsideration)
December 15, 1986

It is permissible for a suspended attorney to be employed by a law firm to perform such work as is permitted of nonlawyer staff, provided that all requirements of Rule 3-6.1 of the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar are met.

Rules: Integration Rule 11.10(8); Rule 3-6.1, Rules Regulating The Florida Bar

In Opinion 62-26 the Committee declined to respond to a suspended attorney's inquiry concerning the permissibility of his accepting employment with a law firm to do legal research during the period of his suspension. At the time of the inquiry, there was no counterpart to the current Integration Rule 11.10(8), which permits law firms to employ suspended and disbarred attorneys to perform only such work as is permitted of nonlawyer staff. See Rule 3-6.1 of the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar (effective January 1, 1987). Integration Rule 11.10(8) compels the conclusion that it is permissible for a suspended attorney to be employed by a law firm, provided that the attorney and the employing firm comply with the restrictions and requirements of the rule.

[Revised: 08-24-2011]