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Updated through August 13, 2014

LANDLORD/TENANT

LAW FIRMS
(See also FIRM NAMES; LEGAL PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION/LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY/LIMITED LIABILITY PARTNERSHIP; LEGAL RESEARCH AND WRITING; LETTERHEAD; RESTRICTIVE COVENANTS)

LAW DIRECTOR (See PUBLIC OFFICIALS/EMPLOYEES)

LAWFUL CLAIM

LAWYERS ASSISTANCE COMMITTEES

LEGAL FORMS

LEGAL AID

LEGAL MALPRACTICE

LEGAL PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION/LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY/LIMITED LIABILITY PARTNERSHIP

LEGAL RESEARCH AND WRITING

LEGAL SERVICES PLANS (See GROUP LEGAL SERVICES)

LETTERHEAD

Certification

Client's Stationery

Dual practice indication

Of counsel designation

Judges

Non-lawyer use of letterhead

Of-counsel designation

Office sharing arrangement

Out-of-state lawyer

Registration status

LIMITING LIABILITY


LANDLORD/TENANT

Op. 88-11 landlord's attorney contacting tenant when landlord knew tenant was represented by an attorney in a previous eviction action

LAW FIRMS
(See also FIRM NAMES; LEGAL PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION/LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY/LIMITED LIABILITY PARTNERSHIP; LEGAL RESEARCH AND WRITING; RESTRICTIVE COVENANTS)

Op. 89-35 attorney practicing with more than one law firm or legal professional association

Op. 90-6 law firm hiring suspended/disbarred lawyers

Op. 2013-1 Simultaneous Practice in Multiple Firms

LAW DIRECTOR (See PUBLIC OFFICIALS/EMPLOYEES)

LAWFUL CLAIM

Op. 2007-7 safekeeping funds of a third person when lawyer knows a third person has a lawful claim to funds in the lawyer's possession

plaintiff's lawyer personally agreeing, as a condition of settlement, to indemnify the opposing party from any and all claims by third persons to the settlement funds; lawyer proposing or requiring, as a condition of settlement, that a plaintiff's lawyer make a personal agreement to indemnify the opposing party from any and all claims by third person to the settlement funds

LAWYERS ASSISTANCE COMMITTEES

Op. 90-19 cooperation with disciplinary authorities

LEGAL FORMS

Op. 92-15 sale of legal forms by business corporations; assistance by law firm

LEGAL AID

Op. 88-3 legal aid lawyer direct mail soliciting defendants for representation on eviction actions after eviction filed

Op. 88-30 attorney for legal services corporation serving union members; representing client in real estate transaction; client's authority to make decisions

Op. 89-4 governing board of legal services corporation setting priorities and limitations on representation

Op. 89-25 legal aid society referral of cases to volunteer lawyer's project

Op. 90-11 legal aid lawyer making in-person offer to represent an indigent defendant who has appeared in court without representation

Op. 93-10 representation of opposing parties by two separate divisions of a legal aid society

LEGAL MALPRACTICE

Op. 96-9 engagement letter between a lawyer and an individual client requiring client to agree to arbitrate fee disputes, legal malpractice disputes, or professional ethical misconduct disputes

LEGAL PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION/LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY/LIMITED LIABILITY PARTNERSHIP

Op. 88-16 including non-shareholder's name in legal professional association name

Op. 89-17 judges holding shares in former legal professional association

Op. 89-35 attorney practice with more than one legal professional association

Op. 95-1 use of "X and Associates, Co. L.P.A."

Op. 96-3 attorney with inactive registration status continuing to hold shares in a legal professional association; inactive attorney's name included in firm name

Op. 99-7 attorney not licensed in Ohio but licensed in another state being a member, partner, or other equity holder in an Ohio law firm; being a member, partner, or other equity holder in two unrelated firms

Op. 2002-12 attorney's transfer of shares in a legal professional association to an irrevocable trust for the benefit of individuals not licensed to practice law

Op. 2013-1 Simultaneous Practice in Multiple Firms

LEGAL RESEARCH AND WRITING

Op. 88-18 legal research & writing for law firms & lawyers

Op. 90-6 hiring suspended/disbarred lawyer

Op. 05-001 attorney who performs research and writing on a contract basis to other attorneys is not subject to professional liability insurance notice requirement

LEGAL SERVICES PLANS (See GROUP LEGAL SERVICES)

LETTERHEAD

Certification

Op. 87-39 certification as Civil Trial Advocate by National Board of Trial Advocacy

Client's Stationery

Op. 90-13 appearing on client's letterhead as general counsel

Op. 2009-5 lawyer or law firm listed as “General Counsel” or similar reference on letterhead of client organization; use of designation in signing correspondence written on behalf of the client organization

Dual practice indication

Op. 88-23 lawyer and a certified public accountant

Op. 90-9 lawyer and a realtor

Op. 94-3 lawyer and license or degree in another profession

Of counsel designation

Op. 2008-1 lawyer in law firm serving as “of counsel” to another lawyer or law firm; ethical implications of the “of counsel” relationship as to registration status, firm names and letterhead, division of fees, conflicts of interest, multiple “of counsel” relationships; and “of counsel” relationship with out-of-state lawyers or law firms

Judges

Op. 87-48 judge's name on former firm's letterhead, professional notices or included in firm's name

Op. 93-8 former judge in private practice using statements as to prior judicial positions held or titles "Judge," "Honorable," or "Former Judge"

Op. 2013-3 Use of Judicial Titles by Former Judges

Non-lawyer use of letterhead

Op. 89-11 signing letters using firm letterhead

Op. 89-16 name appearing on letterhead

Op. 2012-2 Identification of Nonlawyers on Law Firm Letterhead, Websites, and Business Cards

Of-counsel designation

Op. 88-23 use of "of counsel" designation

Op. 90-03 senior attorney status

Op. 90-13 use of "of counsel," "general counsel" or "special counsel" on client's letterhead

Office sharing arrangement

Op. 89-36 use of disclaimers on a joint letterhead

Out-of-state lawyer

Op. 89-37 lawyer awaiting admission in Ohio

Op. 91-4 partners licensed in different jurisdictions

Op. 91-6 lawyer licensed by federal bar only

Registration status

Op. 91-18 inactive and retired registration status

LIMITING LIABILITY

Op. 89-12 limiting liability when rendering title opinions based on abstracting services done by non-attorneys

Op. 90-1 representing client in a settlement agreement with client's former attorney based on client's allegation that former attorney misappropriated money; confidentiality as condition of settlement; lawyer's duty to report the client's former attorney's misconduct

Op. 96-9 engagement letter between a lawyer and an individual client requiring client to agree to arbitrate fee disputes, legal malpractice disputes, or professional ethical misconduct disputes

Op. 2001-6 prosecutor negotiating and criminal defense attorney advising a defendant to enter a plea agreement that waives the defendant's appellate or postconviction claims of ineffective assistance of trial counsel or prosecutorial misconduct

Op. 2010-3 as part of settlement of malpractice claim, lawyer requiring a current or former client to withdraw a disciplinary grievance or to refrain from filing a grievance