Ethics Committee Advisory Opinion #1989-90/4

Letterhead Listing:  Elected Public Official/Firm Member

January  11, 1990


Any communication contained in an attorney’s letterhead must not be misleading to the public.  (Rule 7.1; 7.5(a))

The inclusion of the name of a lawyer who has been appointed or elected to a high public office, in the firm name, is inherently misleading to the public.  It is in violation of Rule 7.1.  (Rule 7.1)


  1. Do the Rules of Professional Conduct prevent the name of a lawyer who has been elected to a high federal public office from appearing on the letterhead of a law firm with the designation “on leave”, or appearing in the name of the firm?

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