Opinion 62-26 (Reconsidered)
FLORIDA BAR ETHICS OPINION
OPINION 62-26 (Reconsideration)
December 15, 1986
Advisory ethics opinions are not binding.
It is permissible for a suspended attorney to be employed by a law firm to perform such work as
is permitted of nonlawyer staff, provided that all requirements of Rule 3-6.1 of the Rules
Regulating The Florida Bar are met.
Integration Rule 11.10(8); Rule 3-6.1, Rules Regulating The Florida Bar
In Opinion 62-26 the Committee declined to respond to a suspended attorney’s inquiry
concerning the permissibility of his accepting employment with a law firm to do legal research
during the period of his suspension. At the time of the inquiry, there was no counterpart to the
current Integration Rule 11.10(8), which permits law firms to employ suspended and disbarred
attorneys to perform only such work as is permitted of nonlawyer staff. See Rule 3-6.1 of the
Rules Regulating The Florida Bar (effective January 1, 1987). Integration Rule 11.10(8) compels
the conclusion that it is permissible for a suspended attorney to be employed by a law firm,
provided that the attorney and the employing firm comply with the restrictions and requirements
of the rule.