Washington

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 United States 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 reasonable 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 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.

Rule 5.5 and Comments

In House Counsel Rule

Rule 5.5(d) allows in house lawyers the ability to provide legal services in Washington without being admitted to practice there, as long as the services are not those for which pro hac vice admission is required.

Admission to Practice Rule 8 allows a limited license for house counsel once the application is approved. Section (f) of the rule has been amended to apply only to “foreign house counsel,” i.e., a lawyer admitted to practice law in a jurisdiction other than a United States jurisdiction.

The Washington Bar has released a primer highlighting the most important changes.

Pro Hac Vice

Pro hac vice admission is governed by Admission to practice Rule 8(b) which requires a fee of $250 and association with a Washington lawyer.

For further information please see the Washington State Bar Association’s Page on Pro hac vice admission. Questions about pro hac vice admission may be directed to:
Robert Henry
Phone (206) 727-8227
Email: roberth@wsba.org

Admission on Motion

Admission to Practice Rule 18 requires a fee of $735 for US attorneys and $985 for foreign attorneys and substantially similar conditions of reciprocity from the applicant’s jurisdiction. If the applicant’s jurisdiction requires Washington lawyers to meet other conditions or requirements, the applicant must meet a substantially similar requirement for admission in Washington as determined by the Board of Governors and the Supreme Court

For application and further information please see Washington State Bar Association’s page on Reciprocity. For further questions please contact:

Washington State Bar Associations Admissions Department
Phone (206) 272-8209
Email: Director of Admissions: maryb@wsba.org; Admission Staff: merryf@wsba.org or gusq@wsba.org

Contact

Washington State Bar Association
1325 4th Avenue
Suite 600
Seattle, WA 98101
Phone (206) 443- WSBA (9722)
Toll-free (800) 945-WSBA (9722)
Fax (206) 727-8319
Email: questions@wsba.org