Informal Opinion Number: 2012-02

Rules: 4-7.1; 4-7.5
Law Firms and Associations
Communication Concerning a Lawyer's Services
Subject: Of Counsel
Summary: Of Counsel relationship with law firm and general counsel for bank

Question: May Attorney be “of counsel” with Law Firm and general counsel to a bank?
Answer: Attorney may be “of counsel” with Law Firm and general counsel to a bank, provided Attorney discloses the relationship with Law Firm and with the bank everywhere Attorney is held out to the public, pursuant to Rules 4-7.1 and 4-7.5.

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