Trust Accounting Basics

This post was written by Megan Zavieh and originally published on Lawyerist.com on April 4, 2014. Managing trust accounts – handling other people’s money – is one of the most sensitive things lawyers do, and one of the most common sources of ethical violations. You must know the rules. Common Rules Every state has its[…]

Virginia Bar Takes Aim at Avvo

This post was written by Megan Zavieh and originally published on Lawyerist.com on October 31, 2017. On Friday, October 27, 2017, Virginia Bar’s Standing Committee on Legal Ethics voted to send Legal Ethics Opinion 1885 to the Supreme Court for Adoption. LEO 1885 addresses third-party platforms offering legal services on a flat fee basis. While it could[…]

Responding to an Ethics Complaint: A How-To Guide

This post was written by Megan Zavieh and originally published on Lawyerist.com on March 4, 2013. Bar complaint statistics have been updated to reflect the summary report provided by the California State Bar for 2018.   Every year, ethics boards receive thousands of complaints. The California State Bar alone received almost 16,000 in 2018, a number that[…]

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 is[…]

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 commonly[…]

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[…]

Minimize the Risk of an Ethics Complaint

This post was written by Megan Zavieh and originally published on Lawyerist.com on March 5, 2013. Some ethics complaints stem from the substantive practice of law — failing to research and argue well, failing to notify the court of an authority against your client, or other issues. Many ethics complaints, however, are at heart administrative[…]

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[…]

For California Lawyers, Time is Ticking to Get Re-Fingerprinted

Disclaimer: The following article is written by Megan Zavieh and posted on her behalf by her administrative team. For questions about the fingerprinting requirement, please schedule a consultation.   California attorneys have been ordered to be re-fingerprinted, which struck fear in the hearts of many lawyers.  In fact, as of June 1, a month after[…]

Privilege Waiver: How Does It Affect a State Bar Complaint?

When a state bar complaint is filed against you, how does a privilege waiver affect it? Because the bar investigates the complaints, it’s obvious that at least some of privilege is waived. The real question is: what amount of information is covered by the privilege waiver so that you can defend yourself against the state[…]