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[…]

5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Represent Yourself During Attorney Discipline

Attorney discipline is a serious matter. Even relatively minor sanctions can have far reaching consequences that you may not have expected. Many lawyers decide to represent themselves for one reason: the cost associated with hiring a legal ethics defense lawyer. However, before you decide to represent yourself, you should consider the following 5 reasons you[…]

Answered: The Most Asked Questions about Legal Ethics Sanctions

Being subjected to legal sanctions after a disciplinary hearing doesn’t mean that the situation has come to a close. It creates more questions. Here are the answers to the most asked questions about legal ethics sanctions. Do I Have to Report the Legal Sanctions? Yes. You must report the sanctions in any jurisdiction in which[…]

Legal Ethics Issues: Career Recovery After Bar Discipline

One of the most common legal ethics issues is how a lawyer can recover their career after bar discipline. Bar discipline isn’t just a slap on the wrist and then you go on your merry way. It can have long-reaching consequences. Lawyers often end up facing the legal ethics committee more than once. Is it[…]