Rule 2.510 (Foreign Attorneys) of the Rules of Judicial Administration and Rule 1-3.10 and 1-3.11 (Arbitration Proceedings) provide the rules regarding admission for attorneys licensed in other jurisdictions who are seeking pro hac vice admission.
Attorneys must be active members in good standing of the bar of another state and currently eligible to practice law in a state other than Florida. Attorneys cannot be Florida residents, unless the attorney has an application for admission pending to the Florida Bar and has not previously been denied admission to the Florida Bar. Attorneys cannot be members of the Florida Bar who are ineligible to practice law and cannot have been previously disciplined or held in contempt for misconduct committed while engaged in previous pro hac vice admission. The contempt must be final and is not reversed or abated.
Attorneys cannot engage in the general practice before Florida courts, which means more than three appearances within a 365-day period.
Attorneys must associate with a member of the Florida Bar who a member in good standing. Attorneys are also subject to Florida’s disciplinary rules and procedures.
Attorneys are required to file a Verified Motion. The motion includes:
Rule 1-3.11 permits pro hac vice appearances for arbitration, mediation, and alternative dispute resolution proceedings. Attorneys must obtain pro hac vice admission for court-annexed arbitrations or mediations if court rules or law require.
Attorneys must be currently eligible to practice law in another United States jurisdiction or a non-United States jurisdiction. The general eligibility rules above also apply.
The attorney’s appearance must be for:
Attorneys are also required to comply with Florida’s Multijurisdictional Practice Rules (MJP). Attorneys cannot engage in general practice in Florida, which means no more than three arbitration appearances within a 365-day period.
Attorneys are subject to Florida’s disciplinary rules and procedures.
Prior to practice, the out-of-state attorney must serve a Verified Statement on opposing counsel (or within 10 days of learning the identity of opposing counsel) and file the verified statement with the Florida Bar. The verified statement mirrors the one for pro hac vice motion above. The nonrefundable $250 must accompany the verified statement and must be made payable to The Florida Bar.” The tribunal may allow a fee waiver for indigent clients.
The rule exempts several requirements for attorneys participating in international arbitrations. Attorneys engaged in international arbitrations must consult Rules 3.10 and 3.11.