West Virginia

West Virginia Bar Rules for Attorney Advertising

Before you redesign your law firm's website or start a new internet marketing campaign, it's important you pay attention to the West Virginia Rules of Professional Conduct for Attorneys, especially those rules related to attorney advertising online and internet marketing. These rules help attorneys navigate online advertising so that practices are fairly and correctly presented. 

The first step to redesigning your website is reading the applicable bar rules for attorney advertising. Additional information can be found in the comments to each rule and the advisory ethics opinions interpreting the rules. Although the rules in West Virginia are restrictive, an attorney can stay in full compliance while still having an extremely effective internet marketing campaign. Taking an ethical approach to marketing means following the letter and spirit of each rule.

As the bar rules in West Virginia for attorney advertising are changed and interpreted, it's imperative that you strive to understand those changes and how it might impact an attorney's website, blog or social media postings. 

Additional Resources for Attorney Advertising in the State of West Virginia

West Virginia Rules of Professional Conduct for Attorneys- Read the rules of professional conduct including the Rules on Information About Legal Services such as 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 Rule 7.5 or Firm names and letterheads.

West Virginia Rules Governing Lawyers and Judges - Visit the website for the West Virginia Court System - Supreme Court of Appeals to find links to the Rules for Admission to the Practice of Law, the Rules of Professional Conduct and the Rules of Lawyer Disciplinary Procedure.

Last updated on Tuesday, October 10, 2018.