Monday, November 19, 2007

Iowa Best And Super Lawyers

Iowa is famous among ethics lawyers for having the most restrictive advertising rules in the country. The former bar administrator Norman Bastemeyer would always preface his reports of updates on Iowa advertising provisions as "News From The Gulag."  I was thus surprised to see a recent opinion from the Iowa State Bar Committee on Ethics and Practice Guidelines that Iowa lawyers who are rated as "Best" and "Super" Lawyers "may include in their marketing and advertising that they are rated...their rating and the meaning thereof."(Mike Frisch)

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The Connecticut Statewide Grievance Committee has issued two "advisory" opinions dealing with Super Lawyer ads, advisory opinions 07-00188-A and 07-00776A. Under Connecticut's lawyer advertising regulatory rules, advisory opinions lead to binding decisions sooner or later. Here are the urls for the opinions. The Connecticut opinions are extensive, fact-based and nuanced.

Posted by: W.R. Chambers | Nov 20, 2007 8:52:48 AM

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