Los Angeles, CA asked in Intellectual Property and Legal Malpractice for Georgia

Q: Can I run my own virtual boutique firm while working for another law firm?

I want to start a Trademark law firm, initially just helping clients file their applications. Is this an ethics issue if I also work for an IP law firm? What if the practice areas are different?

1 Lawyer Answer
Erik Špila
Erik Špila

A: In most jurisdiction there is a law that says that this would be considered as a a breach of non-competition with your employer. You must therefore find a pertinent laws in your country which states what are the restrictions for your profession. Also you need to check out your employment contract as there can be a non-compete clause included. Finaly you should consider discussing this with your employer, as he will most probably find out that you have this virtual firm anyway.

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