Q. I’m settling a case with plaintiff’s counsel in a matter that I know involves other potential claimants. Can I include a provision in the settlement agreement that precludes plaintiff’s counsel from soliciting, or representing, other claimants?
A. RPC 5.6(b) provides that a lawyer may not offer or make an agreement in which a restriction on the lawyer’s right to practice is part of the settlement of a client controversy. Comment  to that Rule clarifies that it “prohibits a lawyer from agreeing not to represent other persons in connection with settling a claim on behalf of a client.”
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