Hiring experienced counsel to protect your law license from the State Bar is as prudent as hiring counsel to protect your liberty from the State. Hiring experienced ethics counsel makes you look professional and gives you the peace of mind that that comes from having competent, loyal counsel at your side.
And the laws governing your law practice are anything but clear. As the Court of Appeals observed, “As an education instrumentality the California Rules of Professional Conduct are singularly uninspiring. They intermix fundamental tenets of ethical obligation with a turgid mass of superficial do’s and don’ts, comparably to strewing the Ten Commandments among the interstices of the Internal Revenue Code.” Jeffry v. Pounds (1977) 67 Cal.App.3d 6, 11-12, 136 Cal. Rptr. 373, 377.
The average lifetime earning potential of a California lawyer is $5 million*.
The greatest threat to your ability to protect your earning potential as a California lawyer is not the economy, which is cyclical, nor is it the threat of a malpractice suit, which is insurable. The California State Bar is the only real threat to your earning potential because the State Bar has jurisdiction to institute proceedings to withhold, cancel, suspend or revoke your license to practice law.
I can help. I am an experienced State Bar defense attorney serving the entire California legal profession, and particularly, in Northern California.