LEO: Dividing Legal Fees LE Op. 480
Dividing Legal Fees With a Nonlawyer/Corporation Directly
Collects Corporate Attorney's Fees From Third Party.
September 20, 1982
It is improper for an attorney's corporate employer or its parent company (
other than a professional corporation in either case) to directly charge
and collect legal fees from a customer of either corporation for work done
by the corporate attorney for the customer unless:
(1) the attorney actually receives the fee; or
(2) the fee is simply a reimbursement to the corporate employer, or to its
parent company, for the actual cost of the legal service provided by the
[See DR:3-102(A), ABA Informal Opinions 544 (December 31, 1962) and
1451 (June 4, 1980).]
Committee Opinion September 20, 1982
See also LE Op. 534, LE Op. 609, and LE Op. 835.