Ferris Thompson and Zweig Ltd v Esposito
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.
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