Can a Nonlawyer Registered to Practice Before the U.S. Patent Office In Florida ?
In Sperry v. Florida ex rel. Florida Bar, 373 U.S. 379, 10 L. Ed. 2d 428, 83 S. Ct. 1322, 1963 Dec. Comm'r Pat. 211 (1963), the United States Supreme Court, although acknowledging Florida's substantial interest in regulating the practice of law within the state, held that Florida could not enjoin a nonlawyer registered to practice before the U.S. Patent Office from preparing and prosecuting patent applications in Florida because a federal statute and Patent Office regulations authorized the practice.
Rapoport provides a long list of federal cases concerning securities arbitration that involve preemption of state law by the FAA.
None of the cases, however, concerns the authorization of the practice of law in securities arbitration proceedings.
Doctor's Associates, Inc. v. Casarotto, 517 U.S. 681, 134 L. Ed. 2d 902, 116 S. Ct. 1652 (1996);
Southland Corp. v. Keating, 465 U.S. 1, 79 L. Ed. 2d 1, 104 S. Ct. 852 (1984);
Doctor's Associates, Inc. v. Hamilton, 150 F.3d 157 (2d Cir. 1998);
Ferro Corp. v. Garrison Indus., Inc., 142 F.3d 926 (6th Cir. 1998);
Olde Discount Corp. v. Tupman, 1 F.3d 202 (3d Cir. 1993);
Saari v. Smith Barney, Harris Upham & Co., 968 F.2d 877 (9th Cir. 1992);
David L. Threlkeld & Co. v. Metallgesellschaft Ltd. (London), 923 F.2d 245 (2d Cir. 1991);
Saturn Distribution Corp. v. Williams, 905 F.2d 719 (4th Cir. 1990);
Securities Indus. Ass'n v. Connolly, 883 F.2d 1114 (1st Cir. 1989);
Cohen v. Wedbush, Noble, Cooke, Inc., 841 F.2d 282 (9th Cir. 1988), overruled by Ticknor v. Choice Hotels Int'l, Inc., 265 F.3d 931(9th Cir. 2001);
Cent. Jersey Freightliner, Inc. v. Freightliner Corp., 987 F. Supp. 289 (D. N.J. 1997);
Morrison v. Colo. Permanente Med. Group, P.C., 983 F. Supp. 937 (D. Colo. 1997);
Johnson v. Hubbard Broad., Inc., 940 F. Supp. 1447 (D. Minn. 1996);
Haluska v. RAF Fin. Corp., 875 F. Supp. 825 (N.D. Ga. 1994);
Medika Int'l, Inc. v. Scanlan Int'l, Inc., 830 F. Supp. 81 (D. P.R. 1993);
Matter of Management Recruiters Int'l, Inc. and Nebel, 765 F. Supp. 419 (N.D. Ohio 1991);
Seymour v. Gloria Jean's Coffee Bean Franchising Corp., 732 F. Supp. 988 (D. Minn. 1990);
Reed v. Bear, Stearns & Co., 698 F. Supp. 835 (D. Kan. 1988);
Russolillo v. Thomson McKinnon Securities, Inc., 694 F. Supp. 1042 (D. Conn. 1988);
In re Pate, 198 B.R. 841 (Bankr. S.D. Ga 1996).