LEO: Partnership - Dissolution of Law Firm - LE Op. 1113
Partnership - Dissolution of Law Firm - Terminating
Representation - Duty to Client.
August 24, 1988
You have advised that you were a partner in a law firm which has been
dissolved. As a result of the dissolution, you and your partner notified
all 600 of your clients and advised that they should elect either you or
your partner to continue handling their cases. You received responses from
all but approximately 100 clients. Of these 100 clients, you were involved
with or were the responsible attorney for 20 of them and your partner
dealt solely with the other 80 clients. You state that you are continuing
to follow up in attempting to contact these 20 clients. In addition to the
600 clients you state that there are other clients which were being
represented by your partner prior to the formation of your partnership,
and that you never did any work for these clients.
You ask whether you have any ethical responsibility or liability for the "
80 clients" and those that were clients of your partner prior to the
formation of your partnership. In regards to the "80 clients" the
Committee opines that you have taken reasonable steps to notify these
clients of the dissolution of the partnership. Thus, the Committee opines
that any such duty of notification which may be inferred from DR:2-102(C)
has been fulfilled. In regards to those individuals who were clients of
your partner prior to the formation of your partnership, the Committee
opines that because, under the facts presented, these clients never
engaged the partnership to represent them, no notification need be sent by
The Committee further opines that because you never represented either of
these groups of clients, DR:2-108 governing the termination of
representation of clients is inapplicable to your relationship with them.
Insofar as your inquiry asks what measures you should take to relieve
yourself of legal liability, it is purely a legal question and is beyond
the province of the Committee.
Committee Opinion August 24, 1988
See also LE Op. 1332.