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11-"Of Counsel" Relationship

57-In-House Lawyers

71-Representing Corporations

An in-house lawyer may also be "of counsel" to a law firm. However, there must be full disclosure and consent of the corporation for the law firm to do any of the corporation's legal work (even if the "of counsel" lawyer will not share in any of the fees). Moreover, outside counsel should communicate with a company lawyer other than the in-house lawyer who is also "of counsel" to the firm.

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn