Arizona May Have Nudged US Law Firms Toward Future IPOs

By Marc Lieberman (January 19, 2021, 6:16 PM EST) -- Effective Jan. 1, Arizona became the first state in the U.S. to permanently eliminate the commonly adopted ethical rule prohibiting nonlawyers from having economic interests in law firms.[1] 

The Arizona Supreme Court eliminated the fee-sharing prohibition to improve access to justice and encourage innovation in the delivery of legal services, and I take no issue with such salutary aims. 

The court categorized businesses with combined lawyer and lay ownership as alternative business structures which will have to be licensed by the court. 

This article addresses one aspect of the alternative business structures  that has received scant attention: the likelihood that once...

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