These summaries were prepared by McGuireWoods LLP lawyer Thomas E. Spahn. They are based on the letter opinions issued by the Virginia State Bar. Any editorial comments reflect Mr. Spahn's current personal views, and not the opinions of the Virginia State Bar, McGuireWoods or its clients. 
 Back to main menu

  Print This Leo
LEO NumTopicsSummary

38-Fee Splitting

41-Non-Virginia Lawyers

A foreign lawyer may refer cases to a Virginia lawyer and retain one-half of the fee as long as the lawyers comply with the fee-splitting rules (including client consent and assumption by both lawyers of responsibility to the client). [This LEO was overruled by Rule 1.5(e), which does not require that a lawyer sharing in fees also share responsibility, thus allowing "referral fees" if the client consents after full disclosure.]

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn