Jerome Fishkin

Jerome Fishkin

Walnut Creek, California

Classes and Seminars:

MCLE Panels 2018:  ACBA, Ethics in the Courtroom

MCLE Panels 2017: ALRP, Legal Bullies

MCLE Panels 2016: APRL, Issues in Admissions Cases; CEB, How to Hang Your Shingle; American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Northern California Chapter, Family Law & Beyond; Crossovers, Experts and Issues of Interest, Wildland Fire Conference; State Bar of California, Twentieth Annual Statewide Ethics Symposium; East Alameda County Bar Association, Ethics 101.

MCLE Panels 2015: Contra Costa County Bar Association, Santa Clara County Bar Association

MCLE Panels 2014: Sacramento Women Lawyers, Wildland Fire Conference, Marin Probate Lawyers, Alameda County Family Law Association, Contra Costa Bar Association MCLE Spectacular; Golden Gate University School of Law, Going Solo Panel; State Bar Annual Convention, Panel Seniors and Bankruptcy; Contra Costa County Bar Association, Getting Out of the Case..."; ACCTLA, When Clients Go South; CAOC Convention, Panel Ethics, Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL),

Other: Hastings Law School Ethics Class 

MCLE Panels 2013:
 Marin County Family Law Section, Sonoma Women in Law, San Francisco Lawyers Network; The Unstable Client, Rains, Lucia & Sterns; Contra Costa County Bar Association. 

MCLE Panels 2012:
 Webinar for Consumer Attorneys of California; AIDS Legal Referral Panel; Berkeley-Albany Bar Association; Conservator ship and Probate Section of Contra Costa County Bar Association; Family Law Section of Alameda County Bar Association; Wildland Fire Litigation Conference; State Bar Annual Meeting.

Other: Cal Berkeley Leadership Symposium.

MCLE Panels 2011: Consumer Attorneys of California, AIDS Legal Referral Panel; Probate Litigation Section of Bar Association of San Francisco

MCLE Panels 2010: Contra Costa County Bar; Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers; Lawyering Skills Program at the California State Bar Annual Meeting

Other: Congregation B'nai Tikvah, Wildland Fire Conference

MCLE Panels 2009: Contra Costa County Bar, S.F. Trial Lawyers

Other: Bench-Bar Santa Clara County

MCLE Panels 2008: ABA Forum on Entertainment Law, Alameda Contra Costa Trial Lawyers; CEB: The Law Center of Contra Costa County, S.F. Trial Lawyers

Other: Wildland Fire Conference

MCLE Panels 2007: Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL); Marin County Family Law Lawyers; Monterey County Women Lawyers; Orange County Lawyers Guild, Yolo County Bar.

Other: Expert Testimony, San Francisco Hillel Society, 2007

MCLE Panels 2006: Alameda County Bar Association; Eastern Alameda County Bar Association; Placer County Bar Association; S.F. Trial Lawyers

Other: Economic Round Table of San Francisco, 2006

MCLE Panels 2005: California Continuing Education of the Bar, Lawyers Club of San Francisco; Marin County Trial Lawyers; Northern California Consumer Bankruptcy Conference; Alameda Contra Costa Trial Lawyers Association (ACCTLA); Santa Clara County Bar Association, State Bar Annual Meeting

MCLE Panels 2004: The Legal Malpractice Section of the Bar Association of San Francisco; Bar Association of San Francisco Volunteer Legal Services Program; San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association; Sunnyvale-Cupertino Bar Association; CLE International - Eminent Domain Conference; American Immigrant Lawyers Association (AILA) California Chapters Conference; Consumer Attorneys of California, Santa Clara County Bar Association

MCLE Panels 2003: BASF Barristers Club, Silicon Valley Pro Bono Project, Santa Clara Bar Association; Lawyers Club of San Francisco; Consumer Attorneys of California; Orange County Specialty Lawyers Guild; Santa Clara County Bar; Solo Practice Section, Paralegal Association of Santa Clara County, Golden Gate University

MCLE Panels 2002: Consumer Attorneys of California

MCLE Panels 2001: AILA, Sacramento County Bar; Business Law Section, Consumer Attorneys of California; Distressed Companies Conference, Earl Warren Chapter, Inns of Court, Eminent Domain Attorneys; Golden Gate University Intellectual Property Conference, Lorman Education Services

MCLE Panels 2000: Alameda/Contra Costa Trial Lawyers, Charles Houston Bar Association; CLE International, Lawyers Club of San Francisco; Legal Incite, Legal Malpractice Section of the BASF; Lorman Education Services, San Mateo County Bar Association Probate Committee; BASF Barristers Bridging the Gap

MCLE Panels 1999: Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers; Berkeley-Albany Bar Association; California Applicants' Attorneys Association; San Francisco Chapter, Consumer Attorneys of California, Ethics Committee, BASF; Lawyers Club of San Francisco, Litigation Section, BASF; American Bar Association, Attorney Liability Subcommittee; McGeorge School of Law, National Business Institute, San Francisco Legal Secretaries Association; McGeorge School of Law Ethics Classes

Other: University of San Francisco School of Law Moot Court, 1999

MCLE Panels 1998: Attorneys Probate Association, Center for Continuing Education, Consumer Attorneys Of California, Lawyers Club of San Francisco, Queen's Bench

Other: University of San Francisco School of Law Moot Court, 1998

MCLE Panels 1997: Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom; California Employment Lawyers Association; Panel, Lawyers Club of San Francisco; McGeorge School of Law, State Bar Court

MCLE Panels 1996: Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom; Bay Area Intellectual Lawyers Inn of Court; Consumer Attorneys Of California; Contra Costa County Bar Association Real Estate Section; State Bar Court, Hastings College of the Law Ethics Class

Other: Legal Currents, KCSM - TV, 1996

MCLE Panels 1995: Consumer Attorneys of California, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles; Lawyers Club of San Francisco; McGeorge Law School, Practicing Law Institute; San Francisco Public Defenders Office; University of San Francisco School of Law

Other: University of San Francisco Moot Court, 1995

MCLE Panels 1994: Alameda Bar Solo Practice Section; Association of Legal Administrators; Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom; California Society for Healthcare Attorneys; Edward J. McFetridge American Inn of Court; Practising Law Institute, San Francisco Bar Real Property Section; San Francisco Lawyers Club American Inn of Court; San Francisco Trial Lawyers, San Mateo County Bar Business Law Section

MCLE Panels 1993: Los Angles Trial Lawyers, San Francisco Lawyers Club

MCLE Panels 1992: PEN/CLE, Los Angeles Trial Lawyers; North San Mateo Bar Association; San Francisco Law School; San Francisco Lawyers Club; San Francisco Trial Lawyers; State Bar of California.

Expert Witness

Areas of Practice

  • State Bar Defense (California)
  • Moral Character and Fitness, California Bar
  • Ethics Advice to California attorneys
  • Attorney Discipline Defense, US Courts in California
  • Attorney Discipline, Federal Agencies

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1971
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1971
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1971
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1978
  • U.S. Tax Court


  • University of San Francisco School of Law, San Francisco, California
    • J.D. - 1970
  • University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, California
    • B.A. - 1965

Published Works

  • Lawyer Ethics for California Immigration Attorneys, Multiple Venues, 2017
  • Stopping the Legal Bully, The Verdict Magazine, December, 2016
  • Defending Your Work Product, Plaintiff Magazine, April, 2015
  • MCLE Self Study: Where Do I Deposit My Retainer? Contra Costa County Bar Association MCLE Spectacular, December, 2014
  • The Attorney-Client Life Cycle, Contra Costa Lawyer, June, 2008
  • Attorney Conduct: The Impaired Client, March, 2008
  • Toxic Client Syndrome, CAOC Forum, February, 2008
  • Billing for Fun and Profit, The Recorder, 2005
  • Lighten Up, The Verdict, Winter, 2005
  • When Associates Leave, San Francisco Attorney, January, 2002
  • Duties to Opposing Parties and Counsel, The Verdict, Winter, 2002
  • Web Sites Bring New Opportunities, San Francisco Attorney, October, 2001
  • Breaking Cases in 2001, San Francisco Attorney, August, 2001
  • Respecting Confidential Client Information, The Marin Lawyer, May, 2001
  • Interviewing Employees of the Other Side, The Verdict, Spring, 2001
  • New Statutes Govern Attorney Conduct, San Francisco Attorney, February, 2001
  • Working with the Impaired Client , ALRP Notes, January , 2001
  • In the Beginning, Creation of the Attorney Client Relationship, CAOC Forum, April, 2000
  • What's New in Lawyer Ethics?, Charles Houston Bar Association News, February, 2000
  • Keeping Client Secrets, San Francisco Attorney, December, 2000
  • How do You Measure a Reasonable Fee?, San Francisco Attorney, October, 2000
  • Resolving the Division of fees Between Contingency Fee Attorneys, San Francisco Attorney, August, 2000
  • Ethics on the Internet (Co-Author), San Francisco Attorney, April, 2000
  • Duties to Opposing Parties, San Francisco Attorney, February, 2000
  • The Impaired Client, San Francisco Attorney, October, 1999
  • Withdraw Bridge, Daily Journal Los Angeles & San Francisco, May 20, 1999
  • Justifiable Cause and Other Cases, San Francisco Attorney, February, 1999
  • Special Contingency Fee Contracts, Charles Houston Bar Association News, May, 1999
  • Bill & Coo, Daily Journal Los Angeles & San Francisco, August 12, 1999
  • Interviewing Employees of the Other Side, San Francisco Attorney, June, 1998
  • Getting Out Alive, CAOC Forum, October, 1998
  • Ethics: More Traps in Representing Minors, California Lawyer, May, 1998
  • Ethics: Common Traps in Representing Minors, California Lawyer, April, 1998
  • Division of Fees Between Successive Attorneys, CAOC Forum, April, 1997
  • Majority Votes in Client Settlements, San Francisco Attorney, June, 1997
  • Ethics Liability for Acts and Omissions of Partners, Legal Malpractice Report, Vol 5, No 1, 1996
  • Remedies for Conflicts of Interest, San Francisco Attorney, June, 1995
  • Disqualification: When Can You Sue a Former Client?, The Verdict, Winter, 1994
  • A Pain in the Ads, The Verdict, Fall, 1994
  • The Advocate: The Trial Lawyer; Charles Houston Bar Newsletter, New Laws Restrict Attorney Conduct, 1993
  • Attorney-Client Fee Contracts, San Francisco Attorney, August, 1993
  • Inheriting From Your Client -- Is it Worth the Price?, San Francisco Attorney, April, 1991

Honors and Awards

  • AV Rated by Martindale - Hubbell
  • Super Lawyers, 2013 - Present
  • Guardians de Justicia Award (Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County), 2014
  • Clay Award - California Lawyers Attorneys of the Year, 2014
  • Clint Hockenberry Award (ALRP), 2016

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Bar Association of San Francisco, Member, 1971 - Present
  • Judicial Council Advisory Committee on Legal Forms, Member, 1976 - 1978
  • U.S. District Court, Northern California, Arbitrator, 1979 - 1980
  • Superior Court of San Francisco, Arbitrator, 1979 - 1983
  • Small Claims Court of San Francisco, Judge Pro Tem, 1980 - 1985
  • California State Senate, Member, Advisory Coalition on Court Reform, 1982 - 1984
  • San Francisco Attorney Magazine, Member, Editorial Committee, 1985 - 2003
  • California State Senate, Expert Witness, Judiciary Committee, 1986
  • Bar Association of San Francisco, Member, Legal Malpractice Committee, 1989 - 2004
  • Bar Association of San Francisco, Chair, Blood Drive Committee, 1989 - 1991
  • Bar Association of San Francisco, Member, Ethics Committee, 1992 - 2004
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, Member, 1992 - Present
  • CEB (California Continuing Education of the Bar), Consultant, Litigation Ethics, 1994 - 1995
  • University of San Francisco, Mentor Program, 1994 - 2010
  • America On Line, Moderator, Legal Ethics and Malpractice Bulletin Board, 1995 - 1996
  • Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom, Member, 1995 - Present
  • Charles Houston Bar Association, Member, 1995 - Present
  • Consumer Attorneys of California (formerly CTLA), Member, 1995 - Present
  • Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, Member, 1997 - Present
  • Attorney Discipline Defense Counsel, Member, 2005 - Present
  • East Bay La Raza Lawyers Association, Member, 2005 - Present
  • Alameda County Bar Association, Member, 2006 - Present
  • Contra Costa County Bar Association, Member, 2011 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • State Bar of California, Discipline Prosecutor, 1983 - 1992
  • State Bar of California, Legislative Attorney, 1978 - 1983
  • Jerome Fishkin, Attorney at Law, 1971 - 1978

Pro Bono Activities

  • Legal Ethics Advisor, Aids Legal Referral Panel (ALRP), 1999 - Present
  • Legal Ethics Advisor, Homeless Action Center, 2003 - Present
  • Legal Ethics Advisor, San Francisco Small Business Advocates, 2002 - 2003
  • Small Claims Court of San Francisco, Judge Pro-Tem, 1980 - 1985
  • Legal Ethics Advisor, The Law Center (Contra Costa), 2010 - Present
  • Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking, 2012 - 2017