Expert Testimony

I testify as an expert on the California Rules of Professional Conduct, lawyers' professional responsibility and the California discipline system. Drawing on over 28 years' experience in legal ethics, attorney discipline and the law of lawyering, I analyze professional conduct issues using the Rules of Professional Conduct and relevant California ethical rules in the same way I prosecuted lawyers and now defend them. I communicate my opinions clearly with the experience of a trial and appellate lawyer.

Evidence that a lawyer has violated a Rule of Professional Conduct can be admissible to prove breach of fiduciary duty; see Mirabito v. Liccardo (1992) 4 Cal.App.4th 41. Testimony by an ethics lawyer can help to establish or negate that presumption. Sound testimony concerning lawyers' professional responsibility can also be useful in many other litigation contexts, including false advertising and employment litigation.

Expert witness engagements will not be accepted within 10 days of the date for designation of witnesses in litigation matters. Why? Because once you designate, all communications with that expert are discoverable. If you need an ethics expert, don't wait until the last minute!

Retention as an expert requires a retention fee payable and earned at the time of retention. Expert witness services are billed at $500 per hour.

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