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 2004-01: Lawyers in Class Actions

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Formal Opinion 2003-04: Obligations Upon Receiving a Communication Containing Confidences or Secrets Not Intended for the Recipient

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Formal Opinion 2003-03: Checking for Conflicts of Interest

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Formal Opinion 2003-02: Undisclosed Taping of Conversations by Lawyers

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Formal Opinion 2003-01: Lawyers’ and Law Firms’ Selection and Advertising of Internet Domain Names

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Formal Opinion 2002-3: The "no-contact rule" and advising a client in connection with communications conceived or initiated by the client with a represented party.

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Formal Opinion 2002-2: Duty to Pay Interest on Client Funds Deposited in an Interest-Bearing Account

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Formal Opinion 2002-1: Client Confidentiality and the Intention to Commit a Crime

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Formal Opinion 2001-3 : Limiting the scope of an attorney’s representation to avoid client conflicts. 

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Formal Opinion 2001-2: Conflicts in Corporate and Transactional Matters

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Formal Opinion 2001-1: Obligations of Law Firm Receiving Unsolicited E-Mail Communications From Prospective Client

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Formal Opinion 2000-4

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