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Staying Ethical When Growing a Practice: Avoiding Impermissible Client Solicitation by Third Parties; ABA FO 501

Ensuring Third-Party Compliance With Model Rules 7.3, 5.3, and 8.4, and Avoiding Vicarious Liability for Misconduct

This program offers 90 minutes of Ethics credit.

Recording of a 90-minute CLE video webinar with Q&A

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Conducted on Thursday, June 13, 2024

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This CLE course will discuss what supervising attorneys must do to ensure that anyone the lawyer employs, retains, or associates with--whether inside or outside the firm--understands and acts consistently with the Rules of Professional Conduct. The program will review ABA Formal Opinion 501 and its ramifications when attorneys or others acting for them pitch for firm business to clients with specific legal issues.


Despite the 2018 clarifications, ambiguity remains concerning a lawyer's ethical responsibility for the lawyer's actions and those of others who engage in live, person-to-person solicitation with specific individuals.

ABA Formal Opinion 501 attempts to clarify an attorney's ethical responsibilities when third parties recruit and communicate on the lawyer's behalf. A lawyer cannot do through another person that which the lawyer could not do directly.

Listen as this panel examines the principles and rules that govern a lawyer's ethical duties concerning solicitation, examines how those rules vary by jurisdiction, and provides practical tips for ensuring compliance.



  1. Applicable rules
  2. Ambiguities clarified by ABA Formal Opinion 501
  3. Effective policies on client solicitation


The panel will discuss these and other key issues:

  • What professional rules govern client solicitation?
  • Do legal ethics prohibit the use of lead-generation services?
  • What would an effective policy on client solicitation look like?


Corsmeier, Joseph
Joseph A. Corsmeier

Law Office of Joseph A. Corsmeier

Mr. Corsmeier represents attorneys in all matters concerning the Florida Bar and/or the Florida Board of Bar Examiners....  |  Read More

Bevacqua-Lynott, Amber
Amber Bevacqua-Lynott

Senior Counsel

Ms. Bevacqua-Lynott is Senior Counsel in the Firm’s Portland and San Diego offices, and a member of the...  |  Read More

McClurg, Amy
Amy G. McClurg

Assistant Counsel
Thompson Hine

As a member of Thompson Hine’s Office of General Counsel, Ms. McClurg conducts research and advises the...  |  Read More

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