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[…]

California ethics for lawyers: you must understand e-discovery in order to litigate.

California Says You Must Understand E-Discovery in Order to Litigate

This post was written by Megan Zavieh and originally published on Lawyerist.com on July 22, 2015. California’s proposed ethics opinion on attorney duties in e-discovery has been finalized. The opinion is unsurprising in terms of its analysis of today’s technology and long-standing ethics rules, and it highlights that in today’s world, discovery is extremely complex and[…]

Responding to an Ethics Complaint: A How To Guide
attorney client relationship isn't always so straight forward

The Attorney Client Relationship in California: Calling It Quits

We’ve talked before about the importance of maintaining a good attorney client relationship as well as when you, as a California lawyer, should attempt to repair a damaged relationship. Yet, there’s still an important concept related to the attorney client relationship in California: calling it quits. Can you just decide to stop representing your client?[…]

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[…]

Facing Disbarment in California? Tips from Statebarplaybook.com

Disbarment is the most serious consequence of a legal ethics investigation. If you’re facing disbarment in California, you should visit the State Bar Playbook website to access an interactive guide that walks you through the process from the investigative stage all the way through the appeals process. You’ll also find examples of responses, court filings,[…]

Why and How to Rectify Broken Client Relationships

At some point, every lawyer will have a disgruntled client.  Maybe their expectations could never be met.  Maybe they simply didn’t understand the process or what could reasonably be anticipated.  Maybe the lawyer failed to communicate or even to perform.  Whatever the reason, eventually, a client is going to be upset. The question becomes, what is[…]

Ethics Complaint from the California Bar? Read This Before You Respond

If you’ve received an ethics complaint from the California Bar, take heart. You’re certainly not alone. The California Bar releases an annual discipline report generally in April of each year. On the day this post was written, the most recent annual discipline report was released on April 30, 2017 and covered 2016. During 2016, the[…]

Does Practice Experience Matter with Attorney Discipline?

When it comes to attorney discipline, both seasoned and newly licensed attorneys are at risk. One of the most commonly asked questions related to ethics investigations is: does practice experience matter with attorney discipline? Although every state bar considered aggravating circumstances and mitigating factors, not every state will take the practice experience into consideration. The[…]

Steps to Take If You Receive a Letter from the State Bar Questioning Your Professional Conduct

Few things are scary in professional life than receiving a letter form the state bar that questions your professional conduct. It’s important to note that these letters don’t always come about because of an ethics complaint made against you by a current or former client. Sometimes, these state bar letters are triggered because a lawyer[…]