Ohio

Rule 5.5 MJP/UPL Current

(a) A lawyer shall not practice law in a jurisdiction in violation of the regulation of the legal profession in that jurisdiction, or assist another in doing so.

(b) A lawyer who is not admitted to practice in this jurisdiction shall not do either of the following:
(1) except as authorized by these rules or other law, establish an office or other systematic and continuous presence in this jurisdiction for the practice of law;
(2) hold out to the public or otherwise represent that the lawyer is admitted to practice law in this jurisdiction.

(c) A lawyer who is admitted in another United States jurisdiction, is in good standing in the jurisdiction in which the lawyer is admitted, and regularly practices law may provide legal services on a temporary basis in this jurisdiction if one or more of the following apply:
(1) the services are undertaken in association with a lawyer who is admitted to practice in this jurisdiction and who actively participates in the matter;
(2) the services are reasonably related to a pending or potential proceeding before a tribunal in this or another jurisdiction, if the lawyer, or a person the lawyer is assisting, is authorized by law or order to appear in such proceeding or reasonably expects to be so authorized;
(3) the services are reasonably related to a pending or potential arbitration, mediation, or other alternative dispute resolution proceeding in this or another jurisdiction, if the services arise out of or are reasonably related to the lawyer's practice in a jurisdiction in which the lawyer is admitted to practice and are not services for which the forum requires pro hac vice admission;
(4) the lawyer engages in negotiations, investigations, or other nonlitigation activities that arise out of or are reasonably related to the lawyer's practice in a jurisdiction in which the lawyer is admitted to practice.

(d) A lawyer admitted and in good standing in another United States jurisdiction may provide legal services in this jurisdiction in either of the following circumstances:
(1) the lawyer is registered in compliance with Gov. Bar R. VI, Section 4 and is providing services to the employer or its organizational affiliates for which the permission of a tribunal to appear pro hac vice is not required;
(2) the lawyer is providing services that the lawyer is authorized to provide by federal or Ohio law.

Rules of Professional Conduct (includes Comments to Rule 5.5)

In House Counsel Rule

Ohio Supreme Court Rules for the Gov't of the Bar, Rule VI Section 4 allows attorneys licensed in other states to register as in-house counsel for a non-governmental organization without examination as long as activities are restricted to full-time employment for that organization. Counsel registered under this rule may not represent their employers before state courts unless granted permission. The license may be renewed biennially as long as the qualifying employment continues.

Pro Hac Vice

Ohio Supreme Court Rule XII Section 2 allows pro hac vice admission on motion of an attorney admitted to practice out of state and is registered as active in Ohio.

Admission on Motion

Pursuant to Ohio Rules for the Government of the Bar of Ohio Rule I Section 9, applicants must have passed a bar examination and have been admitted to practice before the highest court of any U.S. state or D.C., practiced law for at least five years of the ten years preceding application, and demonstrate that they intend to actively and continuously practice law in Ohio. Applicants who have failed the Ohio bar examination are not eligible.

Contact

Ohio State Bar Association
1700 Lake Shore Drive
Columbus, Ohio 43204
Phone (614) 487-2050
(800) 282-6556
Fax (614) 487-1008
Email: osba@ohiobar.org