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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8-Bills and Fees

15-Representing Other Entities - Miscellaneous

38-Fee Splitting

A lawyer employed by a non-profit organization and a private practitioner who sometimes handles cases pro bono for the non-profit organization may share court-awarded attorneys’ fees with the organization (although it would be unethical for a lawyer who accepts a pro bono case to charge or collect a contingent fee for the representation). The court’s review of the fees and the fact that the client is not paying the fees eliminate any worry about fee-sharing or overreaching by the lawyers.

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn