INFORMATION ABOUT LEGAL SERVICES

 

Rule 7.1.  Communications concerning a lawyer’s services.
Rule 7.2.  Advertising.
Rule 7.3.  Direct contact with prospective clients.
Rule 7.4.  Communication of fields of practice.
Rule 7.5.  Firm names and letterheads.

 

Rule 7.1.  Communications concerning a lawyer’s services.
      A lawyer shall not make a false or misleading communication about the lawyer or the lawyer’s services.  A communication is false or misleading if it:
      (a) contains a material misrepresentation of fact or law, or omits a fact necessary to make the statement considered as a whole not materially misleading;
      (b) is likely to create an unjustified expectation about results the lawyer can achieve, or states or implies that the lawyer can achieve results by means that violate the Rules of Professional Conduct or other law; or
      (c) compares the lawyer’s services with other lawyer’s services, unless the comparison can be factually substantiated.

Rule 7.2.  Advertising.
      (a) Subject to the requirements of Rules 7.1 and 7.3, a lawyer may advertise services through public media, such as a telephone directory, legal directory, newspaper or other periodical, outdoor advertising, radio or television, or through written or recorded communication.
      (b) A copy or recording of an advertisement or communication shall be kept for two years after its last dissemination along with a record of when and where it was used.
      (c) A lawyer shall not give anything of value to a person for recommending the lawyer’s services, except that a lawyer may pay the reasonable cost of advertisements or communications permitted by this rule; may pay the usual charges of a not-for-profit lawyer referral service or other legal service organization; and may pay for a law practice in accordance with Rule 1.17.
      (d) Any communication made pursuant to this rule shall  include the name of at least one lawyer responsible for its content.

Rule 7.3.  Direct contact with prospective clients.
      (a) A lawyer shall not by in-person or telephone contact solicit professional employment from a prospective client with whom the lawyer has no family or prior professional relationship when a motive for the lawyer’s doing so is the lawyer’s pecuniary gain.
      (b) A lawyer shall not solicit professional employment from a prospective client by written or recorded communication or by in-person or telephone contact even when not otherwise prohibited by paragraph (a), if:
      (1) the prospective client has made known to the lawyer a desire not to be solicited by the lawyer; or
      (2) the solicitation involves coercion, duress or harassment.
      (c) Every written or recorded communication from a lawyer soliciting professional employment from a prospective client known to be in need of legal services in a particular matter shall include the words “Advertising Material” on the outside envelope and at the beginning and ending of any recorded communication and shall be maintained as required by Rule 7.2(b).

Rule 7.4.  Communication of fields of practice.
       A lawyer may communicate the fact that the lawyer does or does not practice in particular fields of law.  A lawyer shall not state or imply that the lawyer is a specialist except as follows:
      (a) a lawyer admitted to engage in patent practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office may use the designation “Patent Attorney” or a substantially similar designation;
      (b) a lawyer engaged in Admiralty practice may use the designation “Admiralty,” “Proctor in Admiralty” or a substantially similar designation.

Rule 7.5.  Firm names and letterheads.
      (a) A lawyer shall not use a firm name, letterhead or other professional designation that violates Rule 7.1.  A trade name may be used by a lawyer in private practice if it does not imply a connection with a government agency or with a public or charitable legal services organization and is not otherwise in violation of Rule 7.1.
      (b) A law firm with offices in more than one jurisdiction may use the same name in each jurisdiction, but identification of the lawyers in an office of the firm shall indicate the jurisdictional limitations on those not licensed to practice in the jurisdiction where the office is located.
      (c) The name of a lawyer holding a public office shall not be used in the name of a law firm, or in communications on its behalf, during any substantial period in which the lawyer is not actively and regularly practicing with the firm.
      (d) Lawyers may state or imply that they practice in a partnership or other organization only when that is the fact.