“An attorney has a constant and perpetual rendezvous with ethics.” McClure v. Donovan (1947) 82 Cal.App.2d 664, 666
No, this destination is not the The Twilight Zone, although it can seem like it when you are caught in an ethical dilemma or facing a State Bar complaint. You worked hard to get your law license or your legal degree. You worked hard to build your career. Don’t let a misstep cause you to lose it!
Over 26 Years Experience Exclusively Devoted to Legal Ethics
I have over 26 years of experience with legal ethics and the discipline system, including 12 years working at the State Bar in the discipline system. I have helped hundreds of California attorneys and bar applicants since I left the State Bar in 2001. My practice is exclusively legal ethics, professional responsibility law and risk management for lawyers.
Legal Ethics Advice and Counsel
I help attorneys stay out of trouble with the State Bar by providing experienced counsel on legal ethics and the law of lawyering. The consequences of even minor discipline can be serious. Ethical issues that might not be a matter of discipline can be costly. I provide risk management and best practices advice intended to help lawyers perform in accord with ethical norms at a high level.
State Bar Discipline Defense
I help attorneys dealing with an alien, unsympathetic and sometimes unfair State Bar discipline system get the best possible treatment and the best possible result. The discipline system is sui generis and has its own rules, both written and unwritten.
State Bar Admissions
I help bar applicants who are facing issues with the Committee of Bar Examiners effectively state their case for admission. The Committee’s moral character process is opaque and difficult to understand for the uninitiated. It takes its role as gatekeeper to the profession very seriously and may view criminal convictions or academic discipline as serious barriers to admission.