The Florida Bar

Disaster and Risk Management

Lawyer Conduct

Florida Bar members are strongly cautioned against engaging in solicitation of hurricane victims. Solicitation, whether by the lawyer personally or by someone else on his or her behalf, is prohibited. Read the Rule 4-7.18 from the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar. Solicitation includes any direct contact face-to-face, by telephone, by fax or telegraph. It includes passing out business cards or other law firm information. Lawyers cannot mail solicitations within 30 days of the disaster. Any direct mail solicitations must comply and be filed with The Florida Bar for review. Fees from solicitation, as any form of advertising that does not comply with the rules, are subject to forfeiture in cases involving solicitation or other violation of the advertising rules.

Lawyers with questions concerning whether their own future conduct violates bar rules may call the Ethics Hotline toll free at (800) 235-8619. Volunteer lawyers who are offering their services to accident victims at no charge do not violate the anti-solicitation rule.

FEMA External Link

ABA Committee on Disaster Response and Preparedness External Link

Disaster Recovery for Law Firms PDF document opens in new window External Link

Disaster Resources from ABA External Link

Florida Bar Foundation Disaster Management Manual for Legal Services Offices External Link

Law Firm Risk Management Blog External Link

Law Office Disaster Response Plan PDF document opens in new window

New Law Practice/ New Office Checklist PDF document opens in new window

Surviving a Disaster: A Lawyers' Guide to Disaster Planning PDF document opens in new window

Surviving Disasters: Questions and Considerations for Law Firms Preparing Business Continuity Plans External Link PDF document opens in new window

What lawyers should do after a hurricane PDF document opens in new window

Would you be prepared in the event of a disaster? PDF document opens in new window

Risk Management Self-Audit Available

[Revised: 08-07-2015]