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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 9:30 a.m. on Friday, January 27, 2017 at the Gaylord Palms in Orlando in conjunction with the Bar’s Winter Meeting. 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. Comments must contain draft proposed advisory opinion number 17-1 and clearly state the issues for the committee to consider. A written argument may be included and may contain citations to relevant authorities. Comments should be submitted to Elizabeth Clark Tarbert, Ethics Counsel, The Florida Bar, 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300, and must be postmarked no later than February 1, 2017.

[Revised: 01-04-2017]