Out-of-State Law Firms in a New York State of Mind

October 2013

By: Devika Kewalramani and Jordan Greenberger

The Practical Lawyer

When an out-of-state or foreign law firm opens the doors of its New York office, who looks at New York's Rules of Professional Conduct? Look closely because the lawyers licensed to practice at the New York office are responsible for complying with the Rules. 

This article highlights some of the quirkier aspects of the ethical terrain in New York to alert firms headquartered or located out-of-state to consider the significant ethical variations that may exist among the jurisdictions before launching a New York office, including: (1) conflicts checking, (2) engagement letters(3) advance retainers, (4) escrow account rules, (5) lateral screening, (6) duties to prospective clients, (7) metadata, (8) in-state office rules and virtual offices, (9) multi-jurisdictional practice, (10) attorney advertising rules, and (11) website domain names. 

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