Monday, July 26, 2010

"Of Counsel"

An ethics opinion from Nebraska deals with ethics of the use of the "Of Counsel" designation. The summary:

An attorney may only be listed on firm letterhead and in firm advertisements as "Of Counsel" where there is close, ongoing, regular, and frequent contact with the firm for the purpose of providing consultation and advice.

A firm name may retain the name of a retired partner, but not if the retired partner resumes the practice of law elsewhere, even if he maintains an "Of Counsel" relationship to the former firm.

(Mike Frisch)

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