Oklahoma

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:

(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; or

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

(c) Subject to the provisions of 5.5(a), a lawyer admitted in a United States jurisdiction, and not disbarred or suspended from practice in any jurisdiction, may provide legal services on a temporary basis in a jurisdiction where not admitted to practice that:

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

(2) are in or 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) are in or 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; 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, and not disbarred or suspended from practice in any jurisdiction, may provide legal services in this jurisdiction that:

(1) are provided to the lawyer’s employer or its organizational affiliates in connection with the employer’s matters, provided the employer does not render legal services to third persons and are not services for which the forum requires pro hac vice admission; or

(2) are services that the lawyer is authorized to provide by federal law or other law of this jurisdiction.

Comments to Rule 5.5

In-House Counsel Rule

Oklahoma State Bar Admission Rule 2 Section 5 allows for a special temporary admission without examination for attorneys licensed in another U.S. jurisdiction, provided that counsel only advises the corporate employer. The temporary license terminates if counsel leaves his or her employer. Also see Rule 5.5(d) of the newly amended Rules of Professional Conduct.

Pro Hac Vice

Oklahoma Supreme Court Rules Article II Section 5 governs pro hac vice admission and requires an associated Oklahoma attorney to sign all documents and be present at all events presence of counsel is required.

Admission on Motion

Pursuant to Oklahoma Rules Governing Admission to the Practice of Law in the State of Oklahoma Rule 2, applicants must be licensed to practice and in good standing in a U.S. state which offers admission without examination to Oklahoma attorneys. If the reciprocity rules of their jurisdiction or admission are more stringent than Oklahoma’s, the more stringent rules shall apply instead. Any attorney who has failed the Oklahoma bar examination is ineligible.

Contact

Oklahoma Bar Association
P.O. Box 53036
1901 N. Lincoln Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK 73152-3036
Phone (405) 416-7000
Fax (405) 416-7001