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[…]

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[…]

How Law Office Technology May Help Lawyers Avoid an Ethics Complaint

Case management systems, practice management apps, cloud storage, and automation practices are examples of commonly used law office technology. When properly used, law office technology can do more than help improve the efficiency of your practice. It may also help you avoid an ethics complaint. In this post, you’ll learn about four ways the right[…]

How to Properly Respond to a California State Bar Complaint

Being on the receiving end of a California State Bar complaint is angering, scary, and intimidating. Yet, as a lawyer, it’s important that you know hot to properly respond. Failure to use a proper response can make defending the allegations made against you even more difficult. In this post, you’re going to learn about how[…]

Our Top 10 Posts of 2018

Here at Zavieh Law, we had a fantastic 2018. We hope you did, too! As we’re dipping our toes into 2019, we thought we’d provide you with our top 10 posts of 2018. These posts are some you definitely do NOT want to miss! Get Admitted to the Bar Despite Your Past Our number one[…]