Fee Splitting Agreements

Recent Illinois Case: Ferris, Thompson and Zweig, Ltd. v. Esposito

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The Second District reversed the dismissal of a complaint asserting breach of a fee-splitting agreement between attorneys. The circuit court had dismissed the complaint because the agreement did not affirmatively state that both lawyers agreed to assume joint financial responsibility in representing the client.

The Second District analyzed the history of Rule of Professional Conduct 1.5(e) and concluded that the written agreement did not have to contain financial responsibility language to be enforceable.

Ferris, Thompson and Zweig, Ltd. v. Esposito, 2016 IL App (2d) 151148.

(This is for informational purposes and is not legal advice.)