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Section/Rule:4- 7. 4
Subject: Rule 4 - Rules Governing the Missouri Bar and the Judiciary - Rules of Professional Conduct Publication / Adopted Date:October 16, 1991
Topic:Information About Legal Services - Communication of Fields of Practice and SpecializationRevised / Effective Date:July 1, 2007


A lawyer may communicate the fact that the lawyer does or does not practice in particular fields of law. Any such communication shall conform to the requirements of Rule 4-7.1. Except as provided in Rule 4-7.4(a) and (b), a lawyer shall not state or imply that the lawyer is a specialist unless the communication contains a disclaimer that neither the Supreme Court of Missouri nor The Missouri Bar reviews or approves certifying organizations or specialist designations.

[1] Rule 4-7.4 permits a lawyer to indicate areas of practice in communications about the lawyer's services; for example, in a telephone directory or other advertising. If a lawyer practices only in certain fields, or will not accept matters except in such fields, the lawyer is permitted so to indicate.

[2] Recognition of specialization in patent matters is a matter of long-established policy of the Patent and Trademark Office. Designation of admiralty practice has a long historical tradition associated with maritime commerce and the federal courts.

[3] The second sentence of this Rule 4-7.4 has been added to the ABA Model Rule in order to ensure that any field-of-practice advertising complies with the general rule concerning communications about lawyers' services.

(Amended Oct. 16, 1991, eff July 1, 1995, Rev. July 1, 2007)