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PROFESSIONAL ETHICS OF THE FLORIDA BAR

OPINION 71-4
April 9, 1971

There is nothing unethical about a practicing attorney also being employed as executive director of a private association that is represented by other counsel.

CPR: DR 2-102, 2-104

Chairman Massey stated the opinion of the committee:

A member of The Florida Bar practices law but also is employed in an administrative capacity with a private association as executive director. The association has another attorney retained to handle its legal affairs. He inquires whether he is violative of the CPR.

Assuming the legal affairs attorney for the association (unnamed) is not associated with the inquirer in the practice of law and further assuming the position with the association is kept completely separate and apart from the inquirer's law practice and is not used as a feeder, there is no ethical objection. A more definitive opinion cannot be given as sufficient facts are not at hand to make an ethical judgment as to whether a “feeder” problem exists. The inquirer should diligently avoid any of the evils implicit in DR 2-103 and 2-104.

[Revised: 08-24-2011]