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Home > Actions on Rule Changes and Legal Ethics Opinions > LEO 1885: Ethical Considerations for a Lawyer’s Participation in Online Attorney-Client Matching.

Adopted | LEO 1885: Ethical Considerations for a Lawyer’s Participation in Online Attorney-Client Matching. Approved by the Supreme Court of Virginia November 8, 2018. Effective immediately.

The VSB Council voted 59 to 6 in favor of LEO 1885, which concludes that a lawyer may not participate in an attorney-client matching service under the facts presented in the opinion because participation violates the Rules of Professional Conduct governing fee sharing with nonlawyers, paying for referrals, and safeguarding client funds. It was approved by the Supreme Court of Virginia on November 8, 2018. Effective immediately. 

view the Supreme Court of Virginia order (PDF)

Updated: November 9, 2018