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Iryna Volina – Fotolia

The term “multijurisdictional law practice” once conjured images of a top-tier firm, starch-collared and venerable, broad and strong, transcending state boundaries to pursue the varied interests of its A-list clients. Judging from the attorneys’ problems that cross this writer’s desk, the reality is far different. The starch-collared law firms usually do not have UPL problems. Those firms already have boots on the ground where they need them these days—branch offices, local associates or other counsel who are members of the bar, authorized to act for the firm or its client. These law firms usually don’t exceed their jurisdictional limits; they often don’t have any.

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