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Office Sharing Caveat

April 26, 2016 — Columbus, OH  |  Download PDF  |  Media Contact: Antionette Goff
A recent decision from the U.S. District Court M.D. Tenn., highlights the importance of following the Rules of Professional Conduct regarding the name of a lawyer’s practice and the need for clarity in choosing the proper entity through which to practice.  In this case, the office sharing lawyers practiced under a name that listed their last names followed by “an Association of Attorneys.”

This designation would not be permissible pursuant to Comment [2], Rule 7.5 of the Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct.  Although this decision was revised prior to entry of final judgment, it presents an interesting discussion of vicarious liability issues. Click here to read the decision Wildasin V. Mathes.