NYSBA Ethics Opinion 15NEW YORK STATE BAR ASSOCIATION Professional Ethics Committee Opinion
Opinion #15 – 10/25/1965 (6-65)
name use of, office sharing, partnership, sharing offices
Topic: Appearance of Partnership
Digest: Improper for several attorneys who share a suite of offices to use a firm name and hold themselves out to the public as a partnership when they are not partners
May several attorneys who share a suite of offices use a firm name and hold themselves out to the public as a partnership when they are not in fact partners?
The proposed arrangement would be improper. Canon 33 forbids lawyers to use false, misleading, assumed or trade names. The proposed partnership name would fall under this ban since it falsely suggests the existence of a partnership when there is none and in addition the name would be an assumed or trade name. See Opinion No, 607 of the Committee on Professional Ethics of The Association of the Bar of the City of New York.