October 21, 2011
Advisory Opinion Answers Multijurisdictional Practice Question
Out-of-state debt settlement lawyers are not authorized to provide legal services on a temporary basis to Ohio clients, according to a Supreme Court of Ohio Board of Commissioners on Grievances & Discipline advisory opinion.
It is the first time the board has addressed Professional Conduct Rule 5.5 (Unauthorized practice of law; multijurisdictional practice of law), which took effect in 2007.
Section (c) of the rule contains “safe harbors” that permit an out-of-state lawyer to provide legal services in Ohio temporarily.
Opinion 2011-2 applies the “reasonable relationship” factors found in the comments to Rule 5.5. A copy of the opinion is available at the Supreme Court website.