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Iowa Pro Hac Vice Admission and Local Counsel Requirements

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In Iowa, Rule 31.14 governs the Pro Hac Vice admission of out-of-state attorneys to represent clients in an Iowa case. Pro Hac Vice admission in Iowa requires that the out-of-state attorney associate with local counsel.


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It is important to note that, per IA Ethics Opinion 13-02, the local Iowa attorney is not just a “mail drop” for the out-of-state attorney, but rather an attorney who “must actively participate in the matter as counsel of record or co-counsel with the non-Iowa lawyer.”  This means that local counsel in Iowa must be more involved in the case than many other states would require in a Pro Hac Vice scenario.

As an attorney who has served as local counsel in Iowa for an out-of-state attorney who was admitted Pro Hac Vice, I know that the Iowa courts treat that requirement as a serious one.  Thus, the Pro Hac Vice arrangement in Iowa is one that I structure so as to ensure the rules of professional conduct are properly followed.


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