Inquiry is made concerning the propriety of an attorney incorporating and
doing business as "X (name of city) Legal Clinic of Y. Z. (name of
Disciplinary Rule 2-102(B) of the Code of Professional Responsibility prohibits the use
of law firm names that are misleading as to the identity of the attorney or attorneys
practicing in the firm. Professional corporations or associations may contain "P.C." or
"P.A." in indicating the nature of the firm.
In the selection and use of a firm name, no false, misleading, assumed or trade name
should be used. The American Bar Association Committee on Professional Ethics has
disapproved the use of "and Co." (Informal Opinion 377), "McCarrus Claim Service"
(Informal Opinion 375) and "Northern Law Clinic" (Informal Opinion 376) as firm
names. However, it has held "The Firm of A. B. Smith" (Informal Opinion 369), "Jones
Brothers" (Informal Opinion 370), "H. C. & Son" (Formal Opinion 219) and "Blank
Law Office" (Informal Opinion 371) proper.
In response to this inquiry, it is the opinion of the Committee that the use of the firm
name of "X (name of city) Legal Clinic of Y. Z. (name of Attorney), P.C." is proper.
This 14th day of December , 1982.
W. J. Flippin
Edwin C. Townsend
APPROVED AND ADOPTED BY THE BOARD