United States District Court

Northern District Of Illinois

Local Rules

LR83.55.6. Restrictions on Right to Practice

A lawyer shall not participate in offering or making:

(1) a partnership or employment agreement that restricts the rights of a lawyer to practice after termination of the relationship, except an agreement concerning benefits upon retirement; or

(2) an agreement in which a restriction on the lawyer’s right to practice is part of the settlement of a controversy between private parties.

Committee Comment. An agreement restricting the right of partners or associates to practice after leaving a firm not only limits their professional autonomy but also limits the freedom of clients to choose a lawyer. Subsection (1) prohibits such agreements except for restrictions incident to provisions concerning retirement benefits for service with the firm.

Subsection (2) prohibits a lawyer from agreeing not to represent other persons in connection with settling a claim on behalf of a client.