Informal Opinion Number: 950140

Rules: 7.1
Information About Legal Services
Communication Concerning a Lawyer´s Services
Summary: use of term Of Counsel for association with business other than law firm

QUESTION: Attorney is associated with a business as an advisor and officer. May Attorney be listed as “of counsel?” ANSWER: It would be permissible for Attorney to be identified as counsel for the business, as long as Attorney is, in fact, serving in that capacity. The use of the phrase “of counsel” would not be appropriate since that phrase normally indicates a relationship with a law firm. Use of that terminology would be misleading because it would give the impression that the business is a law firm.

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