Arizona

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) Except as authorized by these Rules or other law, a lawyer who is not admitted to practice in Arizona shall not:

(1) engage in the regular practice of Arizona law; or

(2) hold out to the public or otherwise represent that the lawyer is admitted to practice Arizona law.

(c) A lawyer admitted in another United States jurisdiction, and not disbarred or suspended from practice in any jurisdiction, may provide legal services on a temporary basis in Arizona that involve Arizona law and which:

(1) are undertaken in association with a lawyer who is admitted to practice in Arizona and who actively participates in the matter.

(2) are in or reasonably related to a pending or potential proceeding before a tribunal in Arizona 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) are in or reasonably related to a pending or potential arbitration, mediation, or other alternative dispute resolution proceeding in Arizona 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; or

(4) are not within paragraphs (c)(2) or (c)(3) and 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 in another United States jurisdiction, or a lawyer admitted in a jurisdiction outside the United States, not disbarred or suspended from practice in any jurisdiction may provide legal services in Arizona that exclusively involve federal law, the law of another jurisdiction, or tribal law.

(e) A lawyer admitted in another United States jurisdiction, or a lawyer admitted in a jurisdiction outside the United States, not disbarred or suspended from practice in any jurisdiction, and registered pursuant to Rule 38(a) of these rules, may provide legal services in Arizona that are provided to the lawyer’s employer or its organizational affiliates and are not services for which pro hac vice admission is required.

(f) Any attorney who engages in the authorized multijurisdictional practice of law in Arizona under this rule must advise the lawyer’s client that the lawyer is not admitted to practice in Arizona, and must obtain the client’s informed consent to such representation.

(g) Attorneys not admitted to practice in Arizona, who are admitted to practice law in any other jurisdiction in the United States and who appear in any court of record or before any administrative hearing officer in Arizona, must also comply with Rules of the Supreme Court of Arizona governing pro hac vice admission. See Rule 39.

(h) Any attorney who engages in the multijurisdictional practice of law in Arizona, whether authorized in accordance with these Rules or not, shall be subject to the Rules of Professional Conduct and the Rules of the Supreme Court regarding attorney discipline in Arizona.

Rule 5.5 with comments.

In-House Counsel Rule

The In-House Registration Rule, effective January 1, 2009, authorizes the practice of a lawyer in good standing in any other US (or non-US) jurisdiction, who moves to AZ (or is currently in AZ – there’s an “amnesty clause”) to take an in-house job. All that is required is a small fee and a simple form filing. See more here.

Admission on Motion

The Admission on Motion Rule, effective January 1, 2010 allows attorneys who have been admitted to practice for at least five years in another jurisdiction and who meet other qualifications to be admitted to Arizona by motion. See here.

Pro Hac Vice

Pursuant to Rule 33(c) no person shall practice law in the State of Arizona without being admitted to the bar by compliance with the following rules unless granted pro hac vice admission in accordance with the procedures set forth in Rule 38(a) which states that Pro hac vice appearances are only available to licensed attorneys residing outside the State of Arizona. You need to send your application materials to the State Bar of Arizona and then file the original documents with the Arizona Court.

For further information please contact:

Arizona Bar Exam Committee on Examination
Supreme Court of Arizona
Administrative Office of the Courts
1501 W. Washington, Suite 104, Phoenix, AZ 85007-3222
(602) 452-3971
attorneyadmissions@courts.az.gov

Contact

State Bar of Arizona
4201 N. 24th Street, Suite 100
Phoenix, AZ 85016-6266
Phone (602) 340-7239
866-482-9227 (toll-free outside Maricopa County)
Fax (602) 271-4930
http://www.azbar.org/contactus/lookingforlegalhelp