Proposed Advisory Opinions
Draft Proposed Advisory Opinion 17-1 to be Considered at the Request of the Board of Governors
The Professional Ethics Committee will consider adopting a proposed advisory opinion based on a request from The Florida Bar Board on the issue of whether Florida Bar members may divide fees with out-of-state lawyers as co-counsel, with whom bar members are otherwise authorized to divide fees, where those lawyers are in firms in which there is nonlawyer ownership because nonlawyer ownership is allowed in the jurisdiction where the other law firm is located. The committee is tentatively scheduled to meet at at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, June 23, 2017, at the Boca Raton Resort & Club in conjunction with the Bar's Annual Convention. Pursuant to Procedures 4(c) and (d) of The Florida Bar Procedures for Ruling on Questions of Ethics, comments from Florida Bar members are solicited on the issue presented. No proposed advisory opinion has been drafted at this time.