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. 
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38-Fee Splitting

42-Payments to Solicit Recommendations

45-Law Firms - Miscellaneous

55-Firm Names and Letterhead

[WITHDRAWN 9/16] Although the Bar cannot determine if two affiliated professional corporations are a single entity for purposes of the ethics rules, a determination that they are two separate entities might mean that they are violating: the fee-splitting rules; the prohibition on paying compensation to recommend employment; the ban on using the name of a lawyer who has left the firm and is engaged in business elsewhere.

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn