The Florida Bar

Ethics Opinion

Opinion 62-64

March 15, 1963
Advisory ethics opinions are not binding.
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.


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.