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.


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[…]

CA State Bar Fingerprinting Requirement Reveals 2,000+ Unknown Convictions

In January 2019, we informed you of the CA State Bar fingerprinting requirement for all lawyers to undergo a second fingerprinting by the State Bar of California by no later than April 30, 2019. Recently, the ABA Journal reported that the new CA State Bar fingerprinting requirement led to the discovery of over 2,000 convictions[…]

What Options Exist for CA Bar Court Defense?

Lawyers in need of a CA bar court defense have several options to choose from. The real concern is which option they should choose. It’s an important decision since disciplinary action from the bar can impact your career in several ways. In this post, we’re going to explain the basics of each CA bar court[…]

Paying Yourself from an IOLTA: How to Avoid an Ethics Complaint

Paying yourself from an IOLTA account is an important concept in law office management. An IOLTA account is a trust account used to hold money paid to you by a client until that money is earned. One of the most common reasons ethics complaints are filed against lawyers is mismanagement of an IOLTA account. Every[…]

California Moral Character Application & Law Student Mental Health

Past arrests aren’t the only concern for law students completing their California moral character application. Many law students delay or avoid necessary mental health treatment because they’re afraid what may happen if they disclose it. Yet, much like law students with a past who must determine the right amount of information to provide about previous[…]

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[…]

Law Practice Lessons Learned on the Race Course

One of Megan’s favorite hobbies (and dare I say…talents) is long-distance obstacle course races. Recently, Megan spoke during Continuing Education of the Bar for the State Bar of California. She shared several important lessons learned from her obstacle course races and how they can be applied to the practice of law. This post is a[…]

Can an Engagement Letter Protect a Lawyer From an Ethical Complaint?

Ethical complaints against lawyers are extremely serious matters. Could something as small and easy as creating and sending an engagement letter protect a lawyer from an ethical complaint? In some instances, yes. While there is no one tool or strategy that can protect an attorney from a potential ethical complaint, protection is often found in[…]

5 Steps to Improve Work Life Balance During the Holidays

Work life balance for lawyers is hard any time of year. Court hearings, conducting discovery, mediation, drafting documents, meeting with clients, and managing the business side of the law office creates a lot of expectations and stress. Often, these feelings are compounded during the holidays. Stepping Away Is Hard, but Necessary Most lawyers don’t take[…]