OPINION 67
March 1953

PARTNERS—Attorneys may not hold themselves out as partners when in fact, they are not.

Canon 30. A.B.A. Canon 33.

Question

Is it a violation of the Canons of Ethics to practice using a firm name indicating a partnership such as "Smith and Jones" when a true partnership does not exist but each lawyer has his own practice?

Opinion

The Committee is of the opinion that such a practice is a violation of the Canons of Canon 30, and of American Bar Association Canon 33 as interpreted in opinions 10, 15, and 126 released by the American Bar Committee. (6-3)