State Bar Defense

You've put a lot of effort into getting your license. Let's put a lot of effort into keeping it.

Have you received a letter of inquiry from the State Bar? At Fishkin & Slatter LLP, we provide attorneys with State Bar Defense in the San Francisco Bay Area and throughout California.

Thinking of doing this pro per? You’re an amateur being plucked by professional investigators and prosecutors who look at the profession with jaundiced eyes. In addition to knowing the substantive law in your area, you must be conversant with the State Bar Act and the Rules of Professional Conduct. If you don’t also know the State Bar Court Reporter, COPRAC opinions, and the Compendium on Professional Responsibility, you are already behind the curve.

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Success is a Closed Investigation

No one wants to see discipline under his or her name on the State Bar website. Too many times, accusations of misconduct are used punitively by disgruntled clients or as a tactic by opposing counsel. While the State Bar investigates over 10,000 California attorneys each year, relatively few are disciplined.

Attorneys facing a disciplinary hearing before the California State Bar come to us because:

  • We've been doing this a long time. We are experts in the field and the "go-to" lawyers when honest, hardworking attorneys have to defend themselves against accusations of misconduct.
  • "The man who represents himself has a fool for a lawyer" (Mark Twain). A negative verdict before the State Bar can have severe and permanent consequences on an attorney's career. Outside counsel is a necessity to ensure that your best case is presented... and heard.
  • We are efficient and practical. We know how to present the abbreviated explanation... and when to provide the withering legal brief. We know when it is time to shift to damage control. We've been doing this a long time.

Few of us like to deal with a pro se adversary. Neither do State Bar Court judges or State Bar prosecutors. If you have ever watched a person plead their own case, you know how badly most people come across. As a lawyer you know what a difference an experienced attorney can make. At Fishkin & Slatter LLP, we specialize in matters of legal ethics and State Bar disciplinary defense.

"The law is interested in the regeneration of erring attorneys, and in the enforcement of a sound discipline.  Its disposition ought not to be to place unneccessary burdens upon them." Petition of Gafney (1946) 28 Cal.2d 761, 764 [171 P.2d 873, 874]

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If you have received a letter informing you that you are under investigation by the State Bar, we can provide you with comprehensive State Bar defense. Don't exacerbate a manageable problem with an amateur defense. Contact us today for more information.