LEO: Conflict of Interest - Father-Son LE Op. 324
Conflict of Interest - Father-Son Relationship.
June 6, 1979
The father of Partner "X" is one of three commissioners of a state
regulatory agency charged with the enforcement of state statutes and the
rules and regulations of the agency. Charges for violations of such
statutes and rules and regulations are initially heard by a hearing
examiner from whose decision there is an automatic right of appeal to the
full Commission. Under these circumstances, if the commissioner who is the
father of Partner "X" disqualifies himself and does not participate in any
stage, it is not improper for a partner or associate of "X" to represent a
client either before a hearing examiner or an appeal or hearing for review
of the examiner's ruling. [See II: DR:9-101(C), see also III:C-3(C) (1)
Committee Opinion June 6, 1979
See also LE Op. 623.