FLORIDA BAR ETHICS OPINION
May 28, 1963
Advisory ethics opinions are not binding.
There is nothing unethical in a lawyer exercising his retaining lien.
Chairman Holcomb stated the opinion of the committee:
A question of a member of The Florida Bar, relative to his right to an
attorney’s retaining lien, has been considered by the Committee on Professional
We find no ethical question involved. Under the circumstances stated by him — that his
client consulted with him, arranged for services, agreed on a fee and left certain papers with him,
that he rendered services and reserved time for the client’s business, which was not used — all
would give him an attorney’s retaining lien on the papers in his hands. There is nothing unethical
in an attorney exercising his retaining lien.