Formal Ethics Opinions

The Committee on Professional Ethics issues two types of advisory opinions. Formal Opinions, published below, provide general guidance to lawyers admitted to practice in New York state concerning their obligations under the New York Rules of Professional Conduct (the "New York Rules"). Informal Opinions are issued in response to specific inquiries by lawyers admitted to practice in New York state, and are not published on the New York City Bar website. For information on how to request an Informal Opinion, please click here.

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Formal Opinion 2007-1: Applicability of Dr 7-104 (The “no-contact Rule”) To Contacts with In-house Counsel

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Formal Opinion 2006-3: Outsourcing Legal Support Services Overseas, Avoiding Aiding a Non-Lawyer in the Unauthorized Practice of Law, Supervision of Non-Lawyers, Competent Representation, Preserving Client Confidences and Secrets, Conflicts Checking, Appropriate Billing, Client Consent

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Formal Opinion 2006-2: Duties to Prospective Clients; Beauty Contests; Advance Conflict Waivers; Imputation of Conflicts; Screens

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Formal Opinion 2006-1: Multiple Representations; Informed Consent; Waiver of Conflicts

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Formal Opinion 2005-06: Retired attorneys’ use of professional letterhead and special disclosure obligations to clients and prospective clients

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Formal Opinion 2005-05: Unforeseeable Concurrent Client Conflicts

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Formal Opinion 2005-04: Communications with Insurance Adjusters in Litigation Where the Insurance Company Is a Party

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Formal Opinion 2005-03: Voluntary Attorney Testimony Concerning Former Clients

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Formal Opinion 2005-02: Conflicts Arising Solely from Possession of Confidential Information of Another Client

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Formal Opinion 2005-01: Pro Bono Consumer Bankruptcy Representation

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Formal Opinion 2004-03: Government Lawyer Conflicts: Representing a Government Agency and Its Constituents

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Formal Opinion 2004-02: Representing Corporations and Their Constituents in the Context of Governmental Investigations

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