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)
- 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?