I am a California professional responsibility and legal ethics attorney. A significant portion of my practice is offering ethics advice before
there is a lawsuit or a State Bar complaint. The
best defense in State Bar Court is never as reliable as a former client who walks away from your engagement
satisfied with your representation. Nevertheless, some of your clients
will not engage you in good faith, and some won’t treat you fairly at all.
I take a different tack when navigating you through a difficult client
matter – my job is to protect you from your client. “The Rules
of Professional Conduct were designed for particular purposes. They were
not intended as a protection for clients who wrong their lawyers.”In re Kirsh (9th Cir. 1992) 973 F.2d 1454, 1461.
You have no control over your client’s or your opponent’s behavior
– just your own reactions to it. Nevertheless, clients who feel
as though they have been heard, and then treated fairly and with dignity,
are unlikely to complain to the State Bar or to sue.
I can also appear for you in State Bar Mandatory Fee Arbitration, Superior
Court, or in the California Federal District Courts, if your conduct should
be called into question in those forums.