If a client requires a law firm to use a third-party auditing company to review the legal fee with the firm paying the auditor a percentage of the fee, is that impermissible fee splitting under Bar rules?

A Bar ethics staff opinion found it was and on October 15 the Professional Ethics Committee declined a request to review the issue and then ratified the staff opinion.

The committee also gave its final approval to Proposed Advisory Opinion 21-1, which gives advice to attorneys responding to online criticisms from persons other than clients or former clients. And it declined to review a staff refusal to answer a lawyer’s questions about attorneys’ actions in immigration court.