Oklahoma Bar Rules for Attorney Advertising
When attorneys market online in Oklahoma, they must adhere to the rules and regulations for advertising set out by the Oklahoma Bar Rules. The rules can be found on the Oklahoma State Bar website and are related to website design and internet marketing can be found at Rule 7.1 through Rule 7.5. The rules in Oklahoma track closely with the Model Rules from the American Bar Association. Failure to abide by these rules can result in disciplinary actions such as expensive fees.
Before you redesign your law firm's website or start a new internet marketing campaign, you must review the Oklahoma Bar Rules. These rules present what an attorney is able to say on their websites. The purpose of the Oklahoma Bar Rules is to ensure that all attorneys promote themselves in a genuine and fair manner.
Some of these regulations may seem restrictive, however this does not mean you are unable to advertise. Having a thorough understanding of search engine mechanics, social media, and the importance of posting regularly can help you maintain a strong Internet presence.
Resources for Oklahoma Rules of Professional Conduct
Tips from OBA Ethics Counsel - Visit the Oklahoma Bar Association website to see the new ORPC Changes. The Office of Ethics Counsel provides attorneys in Oklahoma with informal advice and interpretations of the rules of attorney conduct. The Office of Ethics Counsel is located at:
Oklahoma Bar Association Offices
1901 N. Lincoln Blvd.
PO Box 53036
Oklahoma City, OK 73152
Appendix 3-A - Oklahoma Rules of Professional Conduct - Visit the Oklahoma State Courts Networks to find the Oklahoma Rules of Professional Conduct including the rules for information about legal services. Those rules that relate to advertising in print or online can be found at § Rule 7.1. for Communications Concerning a Lawyer's Services, § Rule 7.2. for Advertising, § Rule 7.3 for Direct Contact With Prospective Clients, § Rule 7.4 for Communication of Fields of Practice and Certification, and § Rule 7.5 for Firm Names and Letterheads.
Search OBA Ethics Opinions - The OBA Legal Ethics Advisory Penal services in an advisory capacity for attorneys in Oklahoma who are seeking written opinions concerning compliance with the Oklahoma Rules of Professional Conduct. The Legal ethics opinions issued by the OBA Legal Ethics Advisory Penal and Ethics Counsel are intended as a guide to responsible professional behavior. The opinions can be searched by number or keyword.
Last updated on Wednesday, October 10, 2018.