DR 2-103 Recommendation of Professional Employment.

  1. A lawyer shall not recommend employment, as a private practitioner, of himself, his partner, or associate to a non-lawyer who has not sought his advice regarding employment of a lawyer.
  2. Except as permitted under DR 2-103(C), a lawyer shall not compensate or give anything of value to a person or organization to recommend or secure his employment by a client, or as a reward for having made a recommendation resulting in his employment by a client.
  3. A lawyer shall not request a person or organization to recommend employment, as a private practitioner, of himself, his partner, or associate, except that he may request referrals from a lawyer referral service operated, sponsored, or approved by a bar association representative of the general bar of the geographical area in which the association exists and may pay its fees incident thereto.
  4. A lawyer shall not knowingly assist a person or organization that recommends, furnishes, or pay for legal services to promote the use of his services or those of his partners or associates. However, he may cooperate in a dignified manner with the legal service activities of any of the following, provided that his independent professional judgment is exercised in behalf of his client without interference or control by any organization or other person:

1.  A legal aid office or public defender office

    1. Operated or sponsored by a duly accredited law school.
    2. Operated or sponsored by a bona fide non-profit community organization.
    3. Operated or sponsored by a governmental agency.
    4. Operated, sponsored, or approved by a bar of the geographical area in which the association exists.

2.  A military legal assistance office.

3.  A lawyer referral service operated, sponsored, or approved by a bar association representative of the general bar of the geographical area in which the association exists.

4.  A bar association representative of the general bar of the geographical area in which the association exists.

5.  Any other non-profit organization that recommends, furnishes, or pays for legal services to its members or beneficiaries, but only in those instances and to the extent that controlling constitutional interpretation at the time of the rendition of the services requires the allowance of such legal service activities, and only if the following conditions, unless prohibited by such interpretation, are met:

  1. The primary purposes of such organization do not include the rendition of legal services.
  2. The recommending, furnishing, or paying for legal services to its members is incidental and reasonably related to the primary purposes of such organization.
  3. Such organization does not derive a financial benefit from the rendition of legal services by the lawyer.
  4. The member or beneficiary for whom the legal services are rendered, and not such organization, is recognized as the client of the lawyer in that matter.

E.  A lawyer shall not accept employment when he knows or it is obvious that the person who seeks his services does so as a result of conduct prohibited under the Disciplinary Rules.