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) A lawyer admitted in another jurisdiction, and not disbarred or suspended from practice in any jurisdiction, may provide legal services on a temporary basis in this jurisdiction 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 alternate 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) 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; or

(5) are provided to the lawyer’s employer or its organizational affiliates and are not services for which the forum requires pro hac vice admission.

(d) A lawyer admitted in another jurisdiction, and not disbarred or suspended from practice in any jurisdiction, may provide legal services in this jurisdiction that are services that the lawyer is authorized to provide by federal law or other law of this jurisdiction.

(e) A lawyer who provides legal services in connection with a pending or potential arbitration proceeding to be held in this jurisdiction under paragraph (c)(3) of this rule must, upon engagement by the client, certify to the Oregon State Bar that:

(1) the lawyer is in good standing in every jurisdiction in which the lawyer is admitted to
practice; and

(2) unless the lawyer is in-house counsel or an employee of a government client in the matter, that the lawyer

(i) carries professional liability insurance substantially equivalent to that required of Oregon
lawyers, or

(ii) has notified the lawyer’s client in writing that the lawyer does not have such insurance and that Oregon law requires Oregon lawyers to have such insurance.

The certificate must be accompanied by the administrative fee for the appearance established by the Oregon State Bar and proof of service on the arbitrator and other parties to the proceeding.

In-House Counsel Rule

Oregon’s Rule 16.05 Admission of House Counsel, allows admission of counsel employed by a business entity authorized to do business in Oregon, who has been admitted to practice law in another state, federal territory or commonwealth, or the District of Columbia, to practice law as house counsel of Oregon, subject to the provisions, conditions and limitations of the rule.

Pro Hac Vice

UTCR 3.170 allows pro hac vice subject to the requirements in the rules and association with an active member in good standing of the Oregon State Bar.

Admission on Motion

Oregon will have admission reciprocity under the requirements of Rule 15.05 with Washington, Idaho, and Utah who meet specific requirements. Attorneys from Washington, Idaho and Utah may be admitted to the Oregon State Bar without having to take the Oregon Bar Examination. Application kits cost $25, but this fee applies to the application fee of $525 if the application is filed. A $225 investigation fee is also required. Although there is no filing deadline, the application that is filed must be one that was obtained no more than six months prior to the application being filed. There are specific continuing legal education requirements. Courses must be taken AFTER an application is filed and must be completed prior to admission. For further information visit the Oregon State Bar’s Site on Reciprocity Admission.


Oregon State Bar
5200 SW Meadows Road
Lake Oswego, OR 97035
Phone (503) 620-0222
Toll-free in Oregon (800) 452-8260

Oregon State Board of Bar Examiners
5200 S. W. Meadows Road
P. O. Box 1689
Lake Oswego, Oregon 97035-0889