The Florida Bar

Ethics Opinion

Opinion 71-28

FLORIDA BAR ETHICS OPINION
OPINION 71-28
June 21, 1971
Advisory ethics opinions are not binding.
An attorney may use the initials “J.D.” on letterhead and professional cards.
Note: Lawyer advertising rules are now in Rules Regulating The Florida Bar 4-7.11
through 4-7.22.
CPR:
Opinions:

DR 2-102(F)
70-53, 71-27

Chairman Massey stated the opinion of the committee:
The inquirer asks if under DR 2-102(F) the practice of using the initials of a degree,
to-wit, J.D., is now acceptable in Florida on letterheads and professional cards. As heretofore
expressed in Florida Opinions 70-53 [since withdrawn] and 71-27 [since withdrawn], the use of
the initials of a law degree has been approved.
The Committee’s sentiment on this issue, however, militates a statement that it is in bad
taste for members of the legal profession to vie with each other on the letters that they can put
after their names.