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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

How to Use Legal Tech to Move Forward After a Cal State Bar Investigation

When a Cal State Bar investigation against you ends, your work still isn’t quite complete. While you can definitely release the breath you’ve been holding and feel a bit of relief, it’s also time to consider what you must do to avoid getting back into that situation. And, yes, lawyers who are on the receiving[…]

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[…]

Fulfilling Your Ethical Obligations When Leaving a Law Firm

The decision to leave a law firm happens for many reasons. Regardless, lawyers must fulfill ethical obligations when leaving a law firm. In this post, we’re going to examine six ethical obligations often present when a lawyer makes the decision to move on. Ethical Obligations May Be Created by the Employment Agreement If you’re a[…]

Ethics Rules for Lawyers: Should We Change Advertising Rules?

ABA’s “The Marketing Issue” for March / April 2019 features Megan’s wise words on ethics rules for lawyers related to advertising. Below is a summary of her main points. To read her article in its entirety, follow this link. The ethics rules for lawyers are designed to protect the general population from the lawyers who[…]