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Curious how Avenatti represents stormy in Ohio

Did they admit him pro hac? Overlook he’s not barred in Oh underemployedlawyer07/13/18
grandstanding is not representing. But presumably he just dingbat07/13/18
Oh. I heard on the radio he had represented her. underemployedlawyer07/13/18
Read MR 5.5. Assuming the state has adopted it, then it's no onehell07/13/18
Don't really need to be licensed to call up the DA and yell fettywap07/13/18
underemployedlawyer (Jul 13, 2018 - 9:00 am)

Did they admit him pro hac? Overlook he’s not barred in Ohio?

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dingbat (Jul 13, 2018 - 9:05 am)

grandstanding is not representing.

But presumably he just hired some local schmuck to co-counsel

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underemployedlawyer (Jul 13, 2018 - 11:34 am)

Oh. I heard on the radio he had represented her.

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onehell (Jul 13, 2018 - 12:41 pm)

Read MR 5.5. Assuming the state has adopted it, then it's not really about which state's substantive law applies. Outside of the litigation context the main obligation is not to establish a "systemic and continuous presence" for the purpose of law practice in a state in which you are not licensed. If you need to file an appearance you need local counsel, and if local litigation is contemplated you need to "reasonably expect" to be able to secure such, but otherwise it's really all about whether you are practicing law regularly IN the state, regardless of whether you are dealing with the law OF the state. Were it otherwise, practically every corporate lawyer in the country would have to be admitted in Delaware.

Avenatti, AFAIK, is a California lawyer and Stormy lives in Louisiana and the case happens to arise in Ohio. Doesn't matter, it's not like he set up an office or markets himself in either place. High-profile people do stuff in a lot of states and he can be her lawyer everywhere, so long as he's competent to handle the matter and "reasonably expects" to be able to secure local counsel to sponsor him if it appears likely that he'll need to actually file a court appearance.

In this case, the charges were quickly dismissed so while he probably had local counsel lined up, he might not have even yet needed to file an appearance.

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fettywap (Jul 13, 2018 - 1:10 pm)

Don't really need to be licensed to call up the DA and yell at him, if he even did that.

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