Lawyer Changing Firms

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See Rule 4-5.8 PROCEDURES FOR LAWYERS LEAVING LAW FIRMS AND DISSOLUTION OF LAW FIRMS

“Absent a specific agreement otherwise, a lawyer who is leaving a law firm may not unilaterally contact those clients of the law firm for purposes of notifying them about the anticipated departure or to solicit representation of the clients unless the lawyer has approached an authorized representative of the law firm and attempted to negotiate a joint communication to the clients concerning the lawyer leaving the law firm and bona fide negotiations have been unsuccessful.”

 

Acknowledgement of Receipt of File

Authorization for Transfer of Client File

Joint Letter to Clients Announcing Departure of Associate or Partner

Letter Advising Lawyer is Closing His or Her Office

Unilateral Letter to Clients from a Departing Attorney

 

For more information please visit our page entitled ‘If a lawyer is leaving a firm, which clients to notify?‘ and review the Ethics Informational Packet entitled Notifying Clients of Change in Firm Composition.

 

If you have questions about the applicable rules or the ethics packet, you may contact the Ethics Hotline at 800.235.8619.