DR 2-104 Suggestion of Need of Legal Services.
- A lawyer who has given unsolicited advice to a layman that he should obtain counsel or
take legal action shall not accept employment resulting from that advice, except that:
- A lawyer may accept employment by a close friend, relative, former client (if the advice
is germane tot he former employment), or one whom the lawyer reasonably believes to be a
- A lawyer may accept employment that results from his participation in activities
designed to educate laymen to recognize legal problems, to make intelligent selection of
counsel, or to utilize available legal services if such activities are conducted or
sponsored by any of the offices or organizations enumerated in
DR 2-103(D)(1) through (5), to the extent and under the
conditions prescribed therein.
- A lawyer who is furnished or paid by any of the offices or organizations enumerated in
DR 2-103(D)(1), (2), or (5) may represent a member or beneficiary thereof, to the extent
and under the conditions prescribed therein.
- Without affecting his right to accept employment, a lawyer may speak publicly or write
for publication on legal topics so long as he does not emphasize his own professional
experience or reputation and does not understand to give individual advice.
- If success in asserting rights of defenses of his client in litigation in the nature of
a class action is dependent upon the joinder of others, a lawyer may accept, but shall not
seek, employment from those contacted for the purpose of obtaining their joinder.