The American Bar Association describes this relationship as follows:
A "close, regular, personal relationship"; but a relationship which is neither that of a partner (or its equivalent, a principal of a professional corporation), with the shared liability and/or managerial responsibility implied by that term; nor, on the other hand, the status ordinarily conveyed by the term "associate," which is to say a junior non- partner lawyer, regularly employed by the firm.
(See ABA Formal Opinion 90-357 May 10, 1990.) This relationship is common with retired or retiring attorneys.
Any client of Yates & Shubeck, Professional L.L.C. understands and agrees that Michael P. Shubeck will be the attorney handling their case unless otherwise stated or agreed.