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Im an associate at a small firm. I’m potentially referring a significant contingency fee lawsuit to another firm. Can I have the other firm pay a referral fee to me directly to me if they prevail or settle? Do I have an obligation to notify my firm I’m referring a case? I know my firm doesn’t have any conflicts because we are a small firm with very few clients in a completely different practice area. My state bar’s ethics rules doesn’t address this. Thoughts?

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Does your firm have a policy on it? If not, I would say no unless the referral came from a current firm client.

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Your state’s bar doesn’t have an ethics rule against referral fees? I’m pretty sure that in the MRPC. You either have to assume joint responsibility or split the feels proportional to the work expended.

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Not in Massachusetts. Just needs to be in writing, acknowledged by the client, and the total must be reasonable.

Yes, I’m my state it can come to you directly and people do this all the time. If you have a relationship with OC, make sure they know it’s *you* and not the firm. Happens all the time here. Oklahoma.

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