The Florida Bar

March 15, 1963

It is not improper for a lawyer having his office in a hotel to use the address of the hotel as his office address, but it may be improper to use the hotel telephone number for his office telephone.

Canon: 27

Chairman Holcomb stated the opinion of the committee:

A member of The Florida Bar requests advice as to whether his law offices, which are located in the A Hotel at B, Florida, can use the hotel street number for an address.

Since he is actually located in the A Hotel, we can see no impropriety in using its address as the address of his office.

We believe it improper for the lawyer to use the A. Hotel telephone as his office telephone in that calls to the hotel would be received by the office and there is a possibility that business might thereby be channeled to his law office.

If the A Hotel telephone is on a switchboard requiring callers to ask for the law office after reaching the hotel, then there would be nothing unethical in having calls routed through such switchboard.

[Revised: 08-24-2011]