N.Y. Lawyers Can Now Advertise More Freely After Supreme Court Declines Case

The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday declined to take up a case on lawyer advertising rules in New York State. That left intact a federal appeals court ruling, which had struck down many of the professional conduct rules on the subject and which many lawyers thought were too restrictive.

At issue was how far lawyers could go in advertising their ability to win cases, including the use of slogans and trade names to imply success.

Articles about the development yesterday are here and here.

A 2007 article on the subject from The New York Times can be found here and a New York Law Journal article (also from 2007) here.

Here’s an ad from the law firm that fought the restrictive rules:

What do lawyers and legal marketers think of this development?

2 thoughts on “N.Y. Lawyers Can Now Advertise More Freely After Supreme Court Declines Case

  1. Another victory for the First Amendment. This reminds me of the classic television ad from noted criminal defense attorney Bob Loblaw:
    ‘Why should you go to prison for a crime someone else noticed?”

  2. It is a free market. If they feel they’ll get clients from doing a “cheesy” commercial like the one above, more power to them. Competitors will have to adapt and find other ways to compete. This is what makes America great!

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