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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Virginia Bar takes aim at Avvo

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[…]

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
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
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?[…]

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[…]