3.15 [ABROGATED] Definitions

Text of Rule effective until August 1, 2009.

(a) “Law Firm.” Wherever used in these rules, unless the context requires a narrower meaning, "law firm" shall mean any legal entity or group associated by contract, however designated, that in fact provides legal services through lawyers, but shall not include a government agency or lawyers organized as a department within a government agency.

(b) “Partner”. Wherever used in these rules, unless the context requires a narrower meaning, "partner" shall mean a member of a group, however designated, that exercises ultimate authority over the activities of a legal entity or contractual association through which legal services are provided by lawyers.

(c) “Client.” Wherever used in these rules, “client” refers to a person, public officer, or corporation, association or other organization or entity, either public or private, who is being rendered professional legal services by a lawyer.

(d) “Prospective Client.” Wherever used in these rules, “prospective client” refers to a person, public officer, or corporation, association or other organization or entity, either public or private, who consults a lawyer with the view of obtaining professional legal services from the lawyer.

(e) “Former Client.” Wherever used in these rules, “former client” refers to a client for whom the lawyer previously rendered and then terminated professional legal services, and for whom the lawyer is not currently rendering any such legal services.