I have successfully represented dozens of lawyers through the California State Bar disciplinary system. I can help defend you before the bar and then offer assistance if you are preparing your Moral Character Application. Additionally, I can offer ethics advice before a lawsuit or complaint ever materializes.
Becoming an attorney in California is no easy task. You must demonstrate good moral character. You must operate within the ethical framework established by the State Bar. Failure to meet these requirements could make it impossible to practice law in California. Reasons you could need a California State Bar defense attorney include:
- Judicial Sanctions. You could be sanctioned for many reasons, and you must self-report most sanctions over $1,000.00 to the State Bar within thirty days. The courts must report certain other sanctions against you to the State Bar. Sanctions are a serious matter and could jeopardize your ability to practice law in California.
- Criminal Convictions. You can be disciplined for any criminal conviction, even if it had nothing to do with your law practice. The courts must report your conviction or plea to the State Bar. Your personal life is under increasing scrutiny, and regulation, by the State Bar. Don’t wait until after you are convicted or plead guilty to get advice on State Bar defense.
- California Moral Character Application. You need to demonstrate that you are of good moral character to practice law in California. You should contact my office right away if the State Bar has expressed any reservations about your application. Obviously, you have invested too much time, energy and money in your legal education to squander it now.
- Reinstatement and Mini-Reinstatements. Are you a disbarred attorney or an attorney who resigned? Were you suspended, subject to an “and-until” requirement? You could benefit from my services. I can walk you through the process of reapplying for your license to practice law in California.
- Appeals and Trials. “The man who defends himself in court has a fool for a lawyer and a jackass for a client.” The attribution of this maxim varies, but it is no less true. When accused of misconduct, you need an attorney with experience taking on the California bar.