Informal Opinion Number: 970133

Rules: 7.1
Information About Legal Services
Communication Concerning a Lawyer´s Services
Summary: signatures, letterhead, appearances

QUESTION: Attorney B has entered into an “Of Counsel” relationship with Attorney A. Clients are advised that both attorneys may work on their cases. Question 1. May Attorney B sign Attorney B´s name on the letterhead of Attorney A? Question 2. If so, must Attorney B use the designation of “Of Counsel´? Question 3. Is Attorney B´s name required to be on the letterhead of Attorney A? Question 4. If Attorney A filed an entry of appearance in a case, may Attorney B appear on the case on behalf of Attorney A? Question 5. Is Attorney B required to file a joint entry of appearance in order to appear on a case? ANSWER: Questions 1. and 2. Yes. Question 3. No. Questions 4. and 5. Attorney A may appear on the case for Attorney B without having jointly entered an appearance without violating the Rules of Professional Conduct. However, any judge or other tribunal may impose other conditions or restrictions.

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