South Carolina Issues Reprimand To Lawyer Who Paid Referral Fees to Nonlawyers

IN THE MATTER OF TAYLOR, SC: Supreme Court 2017 – Google Scholar:

Rule 5.4 prohibits a lawyer from paying a referral fee to a nonlawyer. Indeed, it prohibits sharing any fees with nonlawyers.

The respondent was a personal injury lawyer who paid two nonlawyers substantial referral fees for referring a personal injury case to him. The two checks amounted to $48,500 and $20,000. One of the checks was paid to a local police chief.

Comment: the lawyer was extremely lucky to escape with a reprimand.

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