FLORIDA BAR ETHICS OPINION
January 8, 1971
Advisory ethics opinions are not binding.
An attorney may send to former clients and legal acquaintances an announcement of his
retirement from military service and resumption of practice. The attorney also may announce to
other lawyers his availability for consultation on securities practice matters.
DR 2-102(A)(2), 2-105(A)(3) [See current 4-7.18(a), 4-7.18(b)(3) and 4-7.20(d)
Chairman Massey stated the opinion of the committee:
An inquiring attorney has been on active duty with the military service and is returning to
private practice in Florida. During previous private practice, the attorney specialized in a large
degree in securities practice. He desires upon resumption of practice to send two sets of
announcements. The first would be sent to former clients and legal acquaintances simply
announcing his former city of practice, his retirement from the military service and resumption
of practice at the new address. The second would be forwarded to attorneys only and would
include, along with general information, words to the effect that the attorney is available for
consultation on securities practice matters.
The Committee finds that the suggested dissemination of two announcements
simultaneously as outlined, one containing the information and being distributed as permitted
under CPR DR 2-102(A)(2) and the second with the information and distribution as permitted in
CPR DR 2-105(A)(3), is not objectionable. [See current 4-7.18(a), 4-7.18(b)(3) and 4-7.20(d)