The Florida Bar

Ethics Opinion

Opinion 76-34

May 3, 1977
Advisory ethics opinions are not binding.
An attorney maintaining offices in Florida may not properly use on the same letterhead the
address of an Ohio firm in which he is presently listed as “Of Counsel.”
Vice Chairman Taylor stated the opinion of the committee:
An inquirer presently maintaining offices in Florida wishes to know if he
may properly use on the same letterhead the address of offices in Ohio maintained
by a firm in which he was formerly a partner but in which he is not presently a
partner although presently listed as “Of Counsel.” He advises that he has no space
assigned to him in the Ohio offices, which he visits about once a month; that some
items of business in the Ohio offices are assigned to him and that the fees earned
on these items are divided on “an equitable basis” after deducting 40% to cover
the office expenses of the Ohio offices.
It is the opinion of the Committee that the inquirer is not maintaining an office in Ohio so
as to justify that address appearing on stationery used in his Florida office.