Consider DC Bar ethics opinion 249, which sets forth DC Ethics Rule 7.1(a):
The portion of the District of Columbia Rules of Professional Conduct applicable to this inquiry is Rule 7.1(a), which provides:
(a) A lawyer shall not make a false or misleading communication about the lawyer or the lawyer’s services. A communication is false or misleading if it:As the ethics opinion states, "In determining whether the advertisement in question violates Rule 7.1(a), the primary test, therefore, is whether the advertisement, or any portion of it, is misleading."
(1) contains a material misrepresentation of fact or law, or omits a fact necessary to make the statement considered as a whole not materially misleading; or
(2) contains an assertion about the lawyer or the lawyer’s services that cannot be substantiated.
We can all agree that it's time for Howrey to update its website with information that it's about to close. Does anyone care to weigh in whether the failure to update constitutes an ethical violation?