Attorneys at Our California Legal Ethics Law Firm
Jerome Fishkin began his general practice in 1971 and has appeared in nearly every courthouse in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, from the old Justice Courts, to the California Supreme Court, to the Ninth Circuit. He has represented clients in civil, juvenile, and criminal cases and administrative hearings. In 1978, he became employed as a research attorney with the State Bar of California and became a prosecutor of disciplinary cases in 1983. As a senior prosecutor, he left the Bar in 1992 to open his own law practice, focusing his practice in the area of attorney ethics. Besides State Bar cases, he has represented attorneys in the Ninth Circuit, Bankruptcy Court, and the U.S. Patent Office. He argued the successful quantum meruit case to the California Supreme Court -- Huskinson v Wolf (2004) 32 Cal 4th 453. Together, Jerry and Lindsay represented Sergio Garcia, the first undocumented immigrant to be admitted to practice law. In Re Garcia (2014) 58 Cal 4th 440. Sergio received his green card in May 2015, after a 21-year wait.
Lindsay Kohut Slatter began practicing law in 1976, as a plaintiff's attorney in Los Angeles. In 1980, she began practicing adoption law. Since 1990, she too, has practiced in the area of attorney professional responsibility and attorney discipline. Today she is a partner in the Walnut Creek law firm Fishkin & Slatter LLP and focuses on advising and representing other attorneys. Like her partner, she continues to lecture at MCLE classes and write practical ethics articles for various attorney magazines. She was on the team of attorneys that established the civil liability of a government entity whose police officer raped an arrestee. Mary M v City of Los Angeles (1991) 54 Cal 3rd 202. Together, Jerry and Lindsay represented Sergio Garcia, the first undocumented immigrant to be admitted to practice law. In Re Garcia (2014) 58 Cal 4th 440. Sergio received his green card in May 2015, after a 21-year wait.
Mary Grace Guzmán joined our firm as an associate in 2013 after two years experience in the areas of immigration, criminal and small business law. She focuses on moral character and fitness issues of Bar applicants, MCLE audits for attorneys, and representation for attorneys subject to investigation at the State Bar of California. As an MCLE speaker, her innovative presentations include insights on the rain making aspects of diversity and the use of the rules of professional conduct to protect attorneys from toxic clients. Mary Grace has been given the Rising Star designation for two years in a row by Super Lawyers.®
The issues about legal ethics can be complex, and solutions may be vague or contradictory. Don't exacerbate a manageable problem with an amateur solution. At Fishkin & Slatter LLP, we keep abreast of the new statutes and rules. We also read and summarize over 100 reported lawyer conduct opinions in California state and federal appellate opinions each year. We can help you make a well-informed decision about your options. Contact us sooner rather than later.