House Counsel and MJP
House Counsel and Multi-Jurisdictional Practice
Washington's RPC 5.5 permits the practice of law in Washington by lawyers who are licensed in another United States jurisdiction under certain circumstances as set forth in the rule.
One such case is as House Counsel when providing legal services exclusively to the lawyer's employer. Lawyers licensed in another U.S. jurisdiction are able to practice as House Counsel in Washington state without any registration or licensing with the Washington State Bar Association. Out-of-state lawyers practicing as House Counsel under RPC 5.5 are not permitted to appear in state courts. In addition, they must maintain the other jurisdiction's license in a status that authorizes them to practice law, e.g., active status. Please read the complete rule and comments for all the limitations and responsibilities.
Lawyers licensed in a foreign jurisdiction outside of the United States are required to apply for a Foreign House Counsel license under APR 8(f) to practice as House Counsel in Washington state.
Questions about practice as House Counsel in Washington should be directed to Robert Henry at email@example.com or 206-727-8227.
RPC 5.5 also describes several situations in which it may be permissible to practice law in Washington on a temporary basis. Generally, the situations are limited to practice out of court. Under most situations, an out-of-state lawyer wanting to appear in court is going to be required to file a motion for admission pro hac vice.
Out-of-state lawyers with questions about practicing in Washington under RPC 5.5 should contact Sandra Schilling in the Office of General Counsel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-239-2118. Please read the complete rule and comments before making contact.
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