June 14, 2019 Top Story

Ethics Opinion Warns Against Emerging Referral Models

Affiliating with nonlawyers or out-of-state attorneys can violate ethics rules

By Peter J. Murphy

Attorneys who affiliate with nonlawyer companies and out-of-state law firms in order to receive referrals take heed.

Photo illustration by Genuine Pyun / iStockphoto by Getty Images

The Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission recently warned its state’s lawyers that such affiliations may violate several ethics rules. ABA Section of Litigation leaders agree with the commission’s cautionary opinion under the current ethics rules, but expect to see those rules updated in the future in order to address the changing legal market.

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