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Notice to Attorneys and Parties Represented by Out-of-State Attorneys

In some jurisdictions, an out-of-state attorney cannot represent a client in arbitration. In these jurisdictions, it is considered the unauthorized practice of law to provide such legal representation without being admitted to the appropriate Bar. Parties and party representatives should seek guidance from the state bar association to learn whether they are permitted to represent parties in arbitrations conducted in that state. The American Bar Association's web site lists states that have adopted the Model Rule 5.5, which permits out-of-state attorneys to appear in dispute resolution proceedings under certain circumstances.

For parties and party representatives whose arbitrations are being held in California, Florida, Michigan, and Oregon, please refer to the FINRA Office of Dispute Resolution Party's Reference Guide.