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Of Counsel to Restrictions on Right to Practice



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Of Counsel
Offices and Office-Sharing
Political Campaigns
Practicing Law Through Intermediary
Pro Bono and Court Appointments
Professional Associations
Real Estate
Referrals
Restrictions on Right to Practice



Of Counsel

Conflict of interests imputed to or from law firm to which lawyer is "of counsel" 61-20, 72-41, 72-41 Rec.
Continuing relationship required
71-49, 72-41, 72-41 Rec., 75-41, 94-7
Fee division with "of counsel"
94-7
Florida lawyer "of counsel" to law firm in foreign country
70-29
Letterhead
Firm name includes former partner who is "of counsel"
00-1
Former partner listed as "of counsel"
71-49, 00-1
Law professor designated as "of counsel"
75-41
Listing lawyer as "of counsel" when relationship is limited to office-sharing with prospect of referrals
72-29
Showing address of out-of-state firm to which lawyer is "of counsel"
76-34
Relationships encompassed by "of counsel"
71-49, 75-41, 94-7, 00-1
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Offices and Office-Sharing

Avoiding impression that space-sharing lawyers are partners 70-14, 76-11
Collective name and common letterhead used by lawyers sharing space
76-11
Criminal defense lawyer sharing space with assistant public defender
76-11
Legislator's law firm sharing space with lobbyist's firm
71-59
Maintaining office in claims department of corporate client
64-38
Marriage counselor allowed to use law firm's facilities to counsel firm's clients
72-4
Mediation practice operated within law firm
94-6
Offices in
Out-of-state office maintained by one member but not by partnership listed on partnership letterhead 67-2
Referral fees among office-sharing attorneys
67-21
Removal of nonlawyer's sign when space-sharing arrangement ends
71-66
Representing opposing parties while sharing space
77-3
Space shared with nonlawyers
Space-sharing lawyers executing affidavits for each other as to reasonable attorney fees 77-3
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Political Campaigns

Candidate-attorney passing out cards 63-35
Lawyers endorsing candidates
62-45
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Practicing Law Through Intermediary

Accepting employment from
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Pro Bono and Court Appointments

Assistant state attorney and law partner accepting appointment to represent defendants in federal court 72-48
Court-appointed counsel
Group of lawyers forming nonprofit organization to provide free legal assistance 71-69
Participation in charitable organization's legal aid program
66-24
Refusing court appointments to represent indigent criminal defendants
62-68, 72-45
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Professional Associations

Fictitious name 68-58, 74-20
Lawyers employed by one professional association forming second professional association to work for first
73-12
Letterhead. See
Letterhead and Cards .
Name
68-58, 69-20, 74-20
Participating as partner in law firm
79-1
Professional service corporation composed of lawyer and accountants
61-19
Retirement plan for nonlawyer employees
68-58
Supreme Court order approving professional associations
68-58
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Real Estate

Closing agent for sale of business 97-2
Closing attorney for lender disclosing title irregularity to unrepresented purchaser-borrower
65-58
Condemnation Cases
Deposit held in trust by seller’s attorney when buyer is in default 02-6
Handling closings for lender for fixed monthly compensation
66-29
Helping real estate clients obtain loans
64-77
Lender charging attorney's fee to
Member of Lawyer's Title Guaranty Fund representing client on claim against fund 66-11
Mortgage foreclosures
Paralegal preparing documents and attending closings 73-43, 89-5
Participating in client's consulting service for condominium developers
63-37
Preparing closing instruments at request of real estate broker
61-1, 67-14
Representing
Seller's attorney billing buyer for half of cost of services rendered to seller 65-34
Title examinations
Title insurance Title irregularity disclosed to unrepresented purchaser- borrower by lender's closing attorney 65-58
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Referrals

Business cards left with bank officer for distribution 62-69
Clients referred by
Clients referred to Duty to advise client of fee arrangement with referring attorney 90-3, 90-8
Mayor referring cases against city
62-57
Referral fees
Referral services
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Restrictions on Right to Practice

Firm employment agreement 93-4
Settlement agreement
04-2



[Revised: 05-14-2014]