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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13-Marketing - Miscellaneous

38-Fee Splitting

42-Payments to Solicit Recommendations

An arrangement under which a lawyer would join a trade and barter association would violate the fee-splitting roles if the lawyer shared 10% of the lawyer's fee with the association, because the 10% fee would be seen as compensation for the referral. [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