State Ethics Rulings Archives

Special Master Report on Opinion 39 Is Welcome Addition

Retired New Jersey Appellate Division JudgeRobert Fall has released his long-awaited reporton Opinion 39, the 2006 ruling by the Committee on Attorney Advertising thatprohibited attorney participation in listings such as Super Lawyers. Judge Fall's report, produced at the requestof the New Jersey Supreme Court and fifteen months in the making, contains muchthat was worth waiting for:

Delaware OK's Super Lawyers

The Delaware State Bar Association is the latest to offer its approval of Super Lawyers. The formal opinion, which was issued on February 29, 2008, held that attorneys may advertise the fact they were selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers in a particular practice area in a particular year. The Delaware approval follows recent favorable rulings in North Carolina, Florida, Iowa, and Michigan for Super Lawyers.

Ethics Opinion OK's Super Lawyers for NC Lawyers

North Carolina joins Florida, Iowa and Michigan in blessing lawyer advertising and participation in Super Lawyers. In a Formal Ethics Opinion issued by the state bar on January 25, 2008, finds that Super Lawyers is published by a bona fide organization that employs clear and consistent standards in its selection process. The Opinion specifically approves lawyer participation in the selection process; advertising that mentions the lawyer's inclusion on the Super Lawyer list; and the placement of advertising in Super Lawyers publications.

FTC Objects to Proposed Louisiana Bar Association Attorney Advertising Restrictions

Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Office of Policy Planning, Bureau of Economics, Bureau of Consumer Protection, and Bureau of Competition to submitted joint comments to the Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA) regarding proposed revisions to the rules of professional responsibility with respect to attorney advertising.  The comments express concern that "the proposed Louisiana rules would unnecessarily restrict truthful advertising by attorneys in the state."