Michael Charles Doland
Michael Charles Doland, Intellectual Property Law Attorney - Los Angeles, CA
Posted about 2 years ago.

Good point about analysis versus legal advice. I was focused on "call me ..." where teh attorney would establish the attorney ciient relationship. Have a great weekend.

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Posted about 2 years ago.

That's my point exactly. I'm not asking about answers provided here on AVVO, but more about the follow-up. Like one of your answers where you said "Call me, the first 30 minutes are free."

Michael Charles Doland
Michael Charles Doland, Intellectual Property Law Attorney - Los Angeles, CA
Posted about 2 years ago.

I don't know if you want Mr. Marcus or I to reply. Based on my limited knowledge of Mr. Marcus, he is a classy professional who knows when he needs "local expertise" and when he is competent to give federal advice. Calling him in Oregon when you are in Napa, California doesn't create the attorney client relationship, only a retainer agreement does that, and doesn't constitute unauthorized practice of law. Retaining him in Oregon to file something in Washington DC would not be prohibited.

Bruce E. Burdick
Bruce E. Burdick, Intellectual Property Law Attorney - Alton, IL
Posted about 2 years ago.

Moreover, if you from Napa call him in Oregon, he is still in Oregon and is practicing in Oregon not Napa. Not until HE steps foot in Cal, and likely not until he steps foot in a Cal courthouse or files a paper in a Cal courthouse is the Cal bar association going to even listen to a charge of unauthorized practice.