We represent and advise attorneys and law students
We represent attorneys in State Bar investigations and prosecutions. We also advise attorneys before matters reach that stage. A typical ethics issue involves problems with opposing counsel or your own clients. However, it may relate to office management, judges, leaving your former law firm, or any other matter that comes under the State Bar Act or the Rules of Professional Conduct.
Out of State Attorneys
We advise on issues involving lateral transfers, registered in-house counsel, pro hac vice, and issues that arise when attorneys in other states have to do business in California.
We advise students on moral character applications as well as represent them in moral character interviews. We can help you plan for the process while you are a law student or while you are an undergraduate.
A wide swath of applicable law
In addition to the Rules of Professional Conduct and the State Bar Act, there are about 100 reported cases each year on attorney conduct issues. We read them all. We follow the ethics opinions of the State Bar, and several local county bar associations that also publish them. All three of us belong to APRL, a national organization of professional responsibility attorneys, and ADDC, a statewide group of attorneys who represent other attorneys at the State Bar.
Individual attention to each client’s exposure
We understand that each situation is different. A lawyer may be dealing with a toxic client or an aggravating opposing counsel. You need to correct a problem appropriately, while keeping in mind your attorney duties and how your solution will play out in a sanction motion, malpractice suit, fee dispute, or a State Bar disciplinary action.
As a student, you may have dealt with an honor code violation, a difficult professor, a DUI, or a problem in your past. Your solutions must be true to yourself and must also be effective. Don’t exacerbate a manageable problem with an amateur solution.