Frequently Asked Questions: Defending a Lawyer from an Ethics Complaint

Defending a lawyer from an ethics complaint is similar to many other areas of law because the exact defenses that should be asserted depend primarily on the facts surrounding the allegation or allegations. With that being said, there are some questions we receive on a regular basis about the process that may be answered at[…]

What Happens When the State Bar of California Places a Lawyer on Probation?

The State Bar of California has several options when administering discipline in ethics investigations where the lawyer is found to be running afoul of the ethics rules. Some of the disciplinary actions the State of Bar of California may take are private or public reprimand, sanctions, suspension, and disbarment. Additionally, the California Bar also has[…]

Fee Agreements for a Small Law Firm: What Lawyers Need to Know

Stepping out and starting a small law firm is both exhilarating and terrifying. Regardless of whether you’re leaving BigLaw or you’ve decided to take the leap and open your own practice as soon as you pass the bar, you must understand more than the law. You must also understand the basics involved in running a[…]

California Bar Discipline: Which Factors Matter the Most?

California bar discipline depends on multiple factors. Those factors do more than lead the bar to make a decision regarding the complaint filed against you. You can use them to decide if you should represent yourself, get limited-scope representation, or full-scope representation. In this post, we’re going to explore some of the most important factors[…]

Lawyer Ethics Complaint: How This Terrible Experience Could Be a Vital Wakeup Call

A lawyer ethics complaint is one of the most feared possibilities. There’s simply no way to guarantee if the bar will ultimately drop the investigation, publicly or privately reprimand you, fine you, suspend you, or disbar you. As a law firm devoted to lawyers in need of ethics defense in California, we obviously talk a[…]

California Bar Ethics Complaint Report 2018 Summary

It’s that time of year again! The time when we share with you a summary of the California Bar ethics complaint report. A quick reminder about why we share a report with you that you could easily get on your own: we believe that by providing this information to you that you will be better[…]

Most Common Bar Complaints and What Lawyers Should Do If They Receive One

Every year, the California Bar releases the most common bar complaints filed for the year. We still have right around three weeks before we can expect the report detailing complaints filed in 2018. So, instead, we thought we’d share, from a historical perspective, the most common bar complaints as well as what lawyers should do[…]

What Happens When a Lawyer Is Sanctioned?

As a bar defense attorney, Megan helps lawyers facing a California State Bar investigation. One of the most common questions asked is: what happens when a lawyer is sanctioned? Here’s what you need to know. When a Lawyer Is Sanctioned, It Must Be Reported When a lawyer is sanctioned, it is mandatory that it is[…]

Lawyers, Here’s How to Recover from Bar Discipline

Bar discipline is a serious matter. It’s a stressful time. If you don’t know how to recover from bar discipline, the likelihood that you’ll go through the process again in the future is higher. So, how can a lawyer recover from bar discipline and protect themselves from going through the process in the future? Address[…]

Avoiding a Bar Complaint: Proactive Planning for the Most Frequent Attorney Client Problems

Current and former clients file bar complaints for various reasons. As a lawyer, you should proactively plan to handle the most frequent attorney client problems to protect yourself. However, it is important to recognize that this sort of planning is an on-going process. In this post, you’re going to learn about the most frequent attorney[…]