LEO: Legal Fees - Division with Legal LE Op. 767
Legal Fees - Division with Legal Assistant -
Letterhead with Nonlawyer Personnel.
January 29, 1986
It is not improper to pay a legal assistant on a profit-sharing basis in
lieu of a salary provided such plan does not circumvent another
Disciplinary Rule. [ DR:3-102. See for example DR:3-104 "Nonlegal
It is not improper to include on firm letterhead the name and titles of
legal assistants, paralegals or office managers provided that it is
perfectly clear that such persons are not lawyers and that such inclusion
is not false, misleading or deceptive. [ DR:2-102(A)]
Committee Opinion January 29, 1986
See also LE Op. 806, LE Op. 909, and LE Op. 970.