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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11-"Of Counsel" Relationship

38-Fee Splitting

45-Law Firms - Miscellaneous

Two firms may not characterize themselves as "of counsel" to each other when the firms in essence have created only a referral relationship. Among other things, the firms may not agree to a 10% "referral fee" between themselves. [Rule 1.5(e) 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