Devoted Exclusively To Legal Ethics And State Bar Matters Since 1989
My legal career has focused exclusively on legal ethics and the discipline system since 1989, including 12 years working as a staff attorney, discipline prosecutor and manager for The State Bar of California. Since I started my law practice in 2001, I have helped hundreds of California attorneys and bar applicants.
Extraordinarily Qualified To Handle State Bar Cases
33 years of experience working in the discipline system, including 12 years of experience working at the State Bar of California gives me extraordinary insight that I use to defend lawyers.
Effective Representation At Every Stage Of The Discipline Process, From Initial Investigation To The California Supreme Court
The discipline system can be alien and intimidating to the outsider. The discipline process has been referred to as sui generis and is governed by its own particular rules, both written and unwritten. I defend lawyers in State Bar discipline matters at all stages, from initial inquiry through investigation and formal disciplinary proceedings in the State Bar Court of California and the California Supreme Court.
Legal Ethics Advice And Counsel
I help attorneys stay out of trouble with The State Bar of California 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, such as a disqualification motion, a fee dispute or a malpractice claim.
I provide advice on legal ethics, risk management and best practices intended to help lawyers meet and exceed all regulatory requirements and minimize risk. I assist lawyers with advertising content, fee agreements, conflict disclosures and consents, and drafting other documents related to legal ethics.
Guidance On Bar Admissions And Moral Character Issues
I also help bar applicants who are facing issues with the Committee of Bar Examiners state their case for admission effectively. 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.
I assist applicants in completing the extensive moral character application, responding to inquiries from the State Bar Office of Admissions, preparing for informal conferences with the Committee of Bar Examiners and seeking review of admissions decisions in State Bar Court.
I am licensed to practice in California only.