LEO: Intermediary - Legal Employment LE Op. 609
Intermediary - Legal Employment.
November 14, 1984
An attorney is contacted by two separate organizations to provide
services to its customers. The first organization contacts the attorney to
perform title work for a prospective lender. The second organization
locates an attorney for representation of an employer at unemployment
compensation appeal hearings. In both situations, the customer of the
intermediary is the local attorney's client and the attorney owes to that
client duties of zealous representation, independent professional judgment
and the preservation of confidences and secrets. It is improper for the
attorney to share his attorney's fees paid by the client with the
nonlawyer intermediary. [ DR:3-102, EC:3-8, DR:4-101(B)(1), (2), (3),
DR:5-106(B), EC:5-23, LE Op. 480]
Committee Opinion November 14, 1984
See also LE Op. 1276, and LE Op. 1374.