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

45-Law Firms - Miscellaneous

A group of law firms may incorporate to share their expertise. A fee-sharing arrangement does not have to be proportional to the different firms' effort as long as the client consents after full disclosure and both lawyers are responsible for the client. [This LEO was partially 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