California State Bar Defense Attorney Megan Zavieh
I have always done things my own way, and my legal career has been no different. At an early age I set myself on a self-designed educational path which led me to high school graduation at age 15, college at 18 and law school at 21. In college I developed an interest in helping lawyers, and I planned to become a psychiatrist treating attorneys. I came as close to that career choice as completing my MCAT and all premed courses as a young lawyer.
Instead of heading to medical school, I chose to remain in the practice of law, but I transitioned my career from big firm litigation to a focus on supporting attorneys facing difficult professional times. I found my passion and never looked back.
My career has gone for a ride with my adventurous personal life, leading me through four states and one foreign country. I am a California native, born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. I’ve been a practicing attorney in New York, New Jersey, California and Georgia, and my solo practice really took flight while I was living in Sydney, Australia. Physical location has never been a boundary to my practice. With each move, we added a child to our family, which now stands steady at two adults, four children, and two guinea pigs.
I believe that my mission to support lawyers can be fulfilled in countless innovative ways, and I am constantly striving to develop new tools to make defending and avoiding State Bar complaints easier and less costly. My practice grows like each of my children, as I develop new service lines and tools for lawyers both facing disciplinary actions and looking to structure their practice to avoid them.
J.D., University of California at Berkeley School of Law, 1999 (Order of the Coif)
• American Jurisprudence Award, Federal Income Taxation I, 1998
• Prosser Award, Resolution of Private International Disputes, 1998
• Associate Editor, Berkeley Journal of International Law and Ecology Law Quarterly
• Research Assistant to Professor David D. Caron, 1997-1998
Federal Judicial Clerkship, United States Court of International Trade, Hon. Evan J. Wallach, 1999-2001
Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP, Litigation Associate, 2001-2003
K&L Gates LLP, Litigation Associate, 2003-2005
Dechert LLP, Litigation Associate/Senior Staff Attorney, 2005-2009
Solo practice, 2009-present