We rigorously check for potential conflicts by following ABA Model Rule 1.7 prior to every engagement. We are happy to incorporate any additional preferred conflict checks into our normal reviews.
The recent American Bar Association's opinion confirms that working with offshore attorneys is ethical, when appropriately managed. ABA Ethics Opinion 08-451 states that it is appropriate for US lawyers to outsource, including to lawyers outside the country, if they protect confidential information and ensure that the service providers are competent, suitably trained, and properly supervised.
In addition to the American Bar Association’s opinion, five other Bar Associations and the Supreme Court of Ohio Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline have released opinions discussing the ethics of outsourcing legal work. All of the opinions have concluded that a lawyer in the U.S. can outsource legal work and at the same time satisfy his or her ethical obligations. The opinions are found here.