The Ethics of Referral Fees

Curt Brown
Curt Brown | Overture Law, P.C.

Mr. Brown is Co-Founder and Chief of Legal Innovation at Overture and also serves as Overture’s General Counsel.

Live Video-Broadcast: April 5, 2023

The Ethics of Referral Fees

$95.00 1 hour CLE

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Program Summary

Join our experienced attorney as he discusses the common misperceptions about the American Bar Association Rule. He will cover how the rule is interpreted differently from state to state, as well as what topics are not covered by the ABA Rule.

This course is co-sponsored with myLawCLE.

Key topics to be discussed:

  • Common misperceptions
  • The ABA Rule
  • State variations
  • What we’re not going to cover

Date / Time: April 5, 2023

  • 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Eastern
  • 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Central
  • 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Mountain
  • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Pacific

Closed-captioning available


Curt Brown_Overture Law, P.C._FedBarCurt Brown | Overture Law, P.C.

Mr. Brown is Co-Founder and Chief of Legal Innovation at Overture and also serves as Overture’s General Counsel.

In 2023, he was named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers. He’s also been recognized as a California Lawyer of the Year (CLAY Award) by The Daily Journal, and Pro Bono Attorney of the Year by the USC Law School Public Interest Law Fund.

In addition to working with Overture, Mr. Brown is a founding partner of the law firm of L&F Brown, P.C. and and Chief Legal Officer of BizCounsel, Inc., which provides subscription legal plans to small and growing businesses.

Mr. Brown started his legal career in the Los Angeles office of Irell & Manella LLP, where his practice focused on a variety of complex civil litigation matters, including securities class action defense, antitrust, and trademarks.

Mr. Brown earned his J.D. from UCLA School of Law, where he was a Michael T. Masin Scholar and Staff Editor of the Entertainment Law Review. He is admitted in California, Florida, D.C., Washington, Illinois, Colorado, and Michigan.


I. Common misperceptions | 2:00pm – 2:15pm

II. The ABA Rule | 2:15pm – 2:30pm

  1. Joint Responsibility
  2. Disclosures
  3. Fees
  4. Ongoing responsibilities

III. State variations | 2:30pm – 2:45pm

  1. Pure Referral States
  2. Outlier States

IV. What we’re not going to cover | 2:45pm – 3:00pm

  1. Referrals to or from non-lawyers
  2. Runners & cappers
  3. Lawyer referral services