DR 2-102 Professional Notices, Letterheads, Offices, and Law Lists.
- A lawyer or law firm shall not use professional cards, professional announcement cards,
office signs, letterheads, telephone directory listings, law lists, legal directory
listings, or similar professional notices or devices, except that the following may be
used if they are in dignified form:
- A professional card of a lawyer identifying him by name and as a lawyer, and giving his
addresses, telephone numbers, the name of his firm, and any information permitted under DR 2-105. A professional card of a law firm may also give the
names of members and associates. Such cards may be used for identification but may not be
published in periodicals, magazines, newspapers, or other media.
- A brief professional announcement card stating new or changed associations or addresses,
change of firm name, or similar matters pertaining to the professional office of a lawyer
or law firm, which may be mailed to lawyers, clients, former clients, personal friends,
and to relatives. It shall not state biographical data except to the extent reasonably
necessary to identify the lawyer or to explain the change in his association, but it may
state the immediate past position of the lawyer. It may give the names and dates of
predecessor firms in a continuing line of succession. It shall not state the nature of the
practice except as permitted under DR 2-105.
- A sign on or near the door of the office and in the building directory identifying the
law office. The sign shall not state the nature of the practice, except as permitted under
- A letterhead of a lawyer identifying him by name and as a lawyer, and giving his
addresses, telephone numbers, the name of his law firm, associates and any information
permitted under DR 2-105. A letterhead of a law firm may also give the names of members
and associates, and manes and dates relating to deceased and retired members. A lawyer may
be designated "Of Counsel" on a letterhead if he has a continuing relationship
with a lawyer or law firm, other than as a partner or associate. A lawyer or law firm may
be designated as "General Counsel" or by similar professional reference on
stationary of a client if he or the firm devotes a substantial amount of professional time
in the representation of that client. The letterhead of a law firm may give the names and
dates of predecessor firms in a continuing line of succession.
- A listing of the office of a lawyer or law firm in the alphabetical and classified
sections of the telephone directory or directories for the geographical are or areas in
which the lawyer resides or maintains offices or in which a significant part or his
clientele resides and in the city directory of the city in which his or the firms
office is located; but the listing may give only the name of the lawyer or law firm, the
fact that he is a lawyer, addresses, and telephone numbers. The listing shall not be in
distinctive form or type. A law firm may have a listing in the firm name separate from
that of its members and associates. The listing in the classified section shall not be
under a heading or classification other than "Attorneys" or "Lawyers,"
except that additional headings or classifications descriptive of the types of practice
referred to in DR 2-105 are permitted.
- A listing in a reputable law list or legal directory giving brief biographical and other
informative data. A law list or directory is not reputable if its management or contents
are likely to be misleading or injurious to the public or to the profession. A law list is
conclusively established to be reputable if it is certified by the American Bar
Association as being in compliance with its rules and standards. The published data may
include only the following: name, including name of law firm and names of professional
associates; addresses and telephone numbers; one or more fields of law in which the lawyer
or law firm concentrates; a statement that practice is limited to one or more fields of
law; a statement that the lawyer or law firm specializes in a particular field of law or
law practice but only if authorized under DR 2-105(A)(4); date and place of birth; date
and place of admission to the bar of state and federal courts; schools attended, with
dates of graduation, degrees, and other scholastic distinctions; public or quasi-public
offices; military service; posts of honor; legal authorships; legal teaching positions;
memberships, offices, committee assignments, and section memberships in bar associations;
memberships and offices in legal fraternities and legal societies; technical and
professional licenses; memberships in scientific, technical and professional associations
and societies; foreign language ability; names and addresses of references, and, with
their consent, names of clients regularly represented.
- A lawyer in private practice shall not practice under a trade name, a name that is
misleading as to the identity of the lawyer or lawyers practicing under such name, or a
firm name containing names other than those of one or more of the lawyers in the firm,
except that the name of a professional corporation or professional association may contain
"P.C." or "P.A." or similar symbols indicating the nature of the
organization, and if otherwise lawful a firm may use as, or continue to include in, its
name the name or names of one or more deceased or retired members of the firm or of a
predecessor firm in a continuing line of succession. A lawyer who assumes a judicial,
legislative, or public executive or administrative post or office shall not permit his
name to remain in the name of a law firm or to be used in professional notices of the firm
during any significant period in which he is not actively and regularly practicing law as
a member of the firm, and during such period other members of the firm shall not use his
name in the firm name or in professional notices of the firm.
- A lawyer shall not hold himself out as having a partnership with one or more other
lawyers unless they are in fact partners.
- A partnership shall not be formed or continued between or among lawyers licensed in
different jurisdictions unless all enumerations of the members and associates of the firm
on its letterhead and in other permissible listings make clear the jurisdictional
limitations on those members and associates of the firm not licensed to practice in all
listed jurisdictions, however, the same firm name may be used in each jurisdiction.
- A lawyer who is engaged both in the practice of law and another profession or business
shall not so indicate on his letterhead, office sign, or professional card, nor shall he
identify himself as a lawyer in any publications in connection with his other profession
- Nothing contained herein shall prohibit a lawyer from using or permitting the use, in
connection with his name, an earned degree or title derived therefrom indicating his
training in the law.