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204 Pa. Code Rule 5.6. Restrictions on Right to Practice.

Rule 5.6. Restrictions on Right to Practice.

 A lawyer shall not participate in offering or making:

 (a)  a partnership, shareholders, operating, employment, or other similar type of agreement that restricts the right of a lawyer to practice after termination of the relationship, except an agreement concerning benefits upon retirement or an agreement for the sale of a law practice consistent with Rule 1.17; or

 (b)  an agreement in which a restriction on the lawyer’s right to practice is part of the settlement of a client controversy.

Comment:

   (1) An agreement restricting the right of lawyers to practice after leaving a firm not only limits their professional autonomy but also limits the freedom of clients to choose a lawyer. Paragraph (a) prohibits such agreements except for restrictions incident to provisions concerning retirement benefits for service with the firm.

   (2) Paragraph (b) prohibits a lawyer from agreeing not to represent other persons in connection with settling a claim on behalf of a client.

   (3) This Rule does not apply to prohibit restrictions that may be included in the terms of the sale of a law practice pursuant to Rule 1.17.



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