Ohio Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline Opinion 01-02

[WARNING – CPR Opinion-provides advice under the Ohio Code of Professional Responsibility which is superseded by the Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct, eff. 2/1/2007.]

Topic: Attorney’s or Law Firm’s Participation in a Law-Related Commercial Web Site

Syllabus of the Board:

When an attorney is contacted by a law-related commercial Web site company that offers to make available, in some manner, the attorney’s name, address, phone number, area of practice, or other information to potential clients in exchange for the attorney providing compensation to the company, the attorney must be extremely cautious.  Attorneys must discern the line between payment for legal advertising that is permitted under DR 2-101 and payment for a referral that is prohibited under DR 2-103(B) with specific exceptions.

The full text is available at: http://www.supremecourt.ohio…