Solicitation; referral; restaurant gift certificates constitute giving something of value
The Committee reviewed your inquiry concerning the giving of [$25] restaurant gift certificates to real estate agents after they had referred real estate closings to the lawyer. The Committee was of the opinion that such conduct would be the giving of something of value for the recommendation of the attorney's services as prohibited by RPC 7.2(c). Similarly, if the lawyer were to give such certificates to either the buyer or seller for designating him as the closing officer, it would violate the same rule. The Committee was of the opinion that the lawyer could give gift certificates to both parties so long as the lawyer was certain that they were not being passed on to the real estate agent for the recommendation.