Informal Opinion Number: 940052

Rules: 7.1;1.10
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Communication Concerning a Lawyer´s Services
Summary: disclosure of relationship and shared conflicts

QUESTION: Attorney is a member of one firm and will be “of counsel” to another firm. The two firms share office space and some equipment, otherwise they are separate. Does this violate the Rules of Professional Conduct? ANSWER: In order to avoid violating Rule 4-7.1 attorney would need to identify both firms with which the attorney is connected on each firm´s letterhead and other forms of communication to the public and other law firms. The two firms will be considered as one for conflicts purposes.

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