Professional Standards

New York Rules of Conduct with Comments (PDF) — Effective April 1, 2009, as amended through June 10, 2022, with commentary as amended though August 2, 2022.

PLEASE NOTE: The New York Rules of Professional Conduct have been adopted by the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court and are published as Part 1200 of the Joint Rules of the Appellate Division (22 NYCRR Part 1200).  The Appellate Division has not enacted the Preamble, Scope and Comments, which are published solely by the New York State Bar Association to provide guidance for attorneys in complying with the Rules.  Where a conflict exists between a Rule and the Preamble, Scope or a Comment, the Rule controls.

Joint Order of the Departments of the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division

Lawyers Code of Professional Responsibility (PDF) (Updated through December 28, 2007 – includes Rules on Lawyer Advertising) – Effective through March 31, 2009

NYSBA Standards of Civility and Statement of Client’s Rights

The Rules Governing Judicial Conduct

State Administrative Law Judges’ Model Code of Conduct

Sample Letters of Engagement (PDF)

Attorney-Client Fee Dispute Resolution Program