Practice Tools

ISBA Ethics Opinions on Referral Fees and Arrangements


  • Lawyer's participation in networking group with nonlawyer professionals : 12-03
  • Reciprocal referral agreements : 10-02
  • Mediation firm paying nonlawyers in exchange for case referrals : 01-05
  • For profit referral service : 97-05
  • Fee for referring clients to other nonlawyer professionals : 97-04
  • Disclosing client identity : 97-01
  • Participation in for profit lawyer referral service managed and advertised by nonlawyers : 94-12
  • Client referrals from nonlawyer in exchange for payments : 94-08
  • Lawyer participation in informational seminar and subsequent legal representation : 94-04
  • Reduced fees to government employee in exchange for potential referrals : 92-16
  • Corporate client recommends its law firm to corporate employees and secures reduced fees for the employees : 92-08
  • Lawyer retained by collection agency on behalf of creditor : 91-03
  • Reasonableness of referral fee : 90-18
  • Referral fee to lawyer ethical prohibited from representing the client : 90-11
  • Prosecutor’s acceptance of referral fee for violation of county ordinance : 89-02
  • Network of affiliated law firms : 840
  • Referrals from spouse : 801
  • Part-time public defender accepting referral fee for case related to police misconduct : 784