- Opinion 2014-1
ability of civilian lawyers employed by the Department of the Navy
who have been designated for furlough leave for budget purposes to
give advice to the Navy on matters relating to furlough policy as
well as non-furlough matters is a matter of federal, not
Massachusetts, professional responsibility law.
- Opinion 2014-2
Payment by a lawyer to a commercial marketing service only after a
prospective client contacts the lawyer upon receiving a proposal
for services from the lawyer who has learned of the client's need
from the marketing service's website does not violate Rule 7.3(f).
Under the operation of the marketing program the payment is for
permitted "advertising" rather than prohibited "solicitation."
- Opinion 2014-3
Massachusetts Rules of Professional Conduct do not prevent a lawyer
from representing a client at a municipal planning agency's land
use hearing when a member of the lawyer's firm is also a member of
the municipality's Board of Zoning Appeals since the BZA has no
interest or jurisdiction with respect to the matter.
- Opinion 2014-4
purchase price of the practice of a lawyer taking retirement status
pursuant to Rule 4:02 may include a portion of legal fees earned in
the future from representation of current and former clients of the
retiring lawyer. It may not, however, include a portion of legal
fees earned from representation of new clients referred by the
- Opinion 2014-5
A lawyer for a party may "friend" an unrepresented adversary in
order to obtain information helpful to her representation from the
adversary's nonpublic website only when the lawyer has been able to
send a message that discloses his or her identity as the party's