attorney ethical violations

Attorney Ethical Violations: Will the Bar Think You’re Guilty If You Hire an Attorney?

You received a letter informing you that a California attorney complaint was filed against you by a previous or current client, judge, or even another attorney. You recognize that the matter is serious. Since you want to do everything you can to protect your ability to continue to practice law as well as your reputation, you’re considering the possibility of hiring an ethics defense lawyer.

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California attorney discipline summary report 2019

California Attorney Discipline Summary Report for 2019

On April 30, 2020, The State Bar of California released the California attorney discipline report for 2019. The full report may be downloaded from their website. Each year, Zavieh Law is pleased to present our readers with some of the highlights from the report. Highlights of the 2019 California Attorney Discipline Report The State Bar[…]

Trust Accounting Basics for Lawyers
Responding to an Ethics Complaint: A How To Guide
Common sense is a component in the laws related to legal ethics

Common Sense Lives in the Law

This post was written by Megan Zavieh and originally published on Lawyerist.com on July 10, 2013. How often do we read a court case where the court says its ruling “is consistent with common sense”? Not often, but it does happen. I stumbled upon such a case when putting together law on when an attorney-client relationship[…]

California Bar discipline depends on several factors

Three Commonly Violated Ethics Rules

This post was written by Megan Zavieh and originally published on Lawyerist.com on June 4, 2014. Since state bar disciplinary authorities do not always issue statistics on ethics violations, I am hesitant to proclaim this a list of the most-common reasons lawyers find themselves in ethical trouble. However, the following rules are certainly among the most[…]

Lawyers have a higher risk of substance abuse.

The Profession Must Actually Help Addicted Lawyers

This post was written by Megan Zavieh and originally published on Lawyerist.com on December 6, 2016. John Grisham’s Wally Figg in the book The Litigators; Dustin Hoffman’s Danny Snyder in the movie Sleepers; Benicio Del Toro’s Dr. Gonzo in the movie Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas; Sean Penn’s Dave Kleinfeld in the movie Carlito’s[…]

minimizing the risk of ethics complaints
Billing to avoid ethical complaints

Billing to Avoid Ethics Complaints

This post was written by Megan Zavieh and originally published on Lawyerist.com on April 30, 2013. When it comes to ethics complaints, nothing stirs the pot with a disgruntled client like a bill they believe is too high — and if they’re already unhappy, they are bound to think your bill is unreasonable. The trouble[…]

California bar complaint

California Bar Complaint: Answer These Questions Before You Decide to Represent Yourself

Receiving a California Bar complaint takes most lawyers by surprise. You don’t have to face the bar alone. The real consideration is whether you should represent yourself. There’s a lot on the line. Although some California bar complaints are dismissed, many are investigation and prosecuted. In 2018, the California Bar received almost 16,000 cases and[…]