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Law Practice, Probate

When confronted by an elderly transferor, every competent estate attorney must reflexively obtain a California certificate of ...


Intellectual Property, Civil Litigation, U.S. Supreme Court

The frequency with which the U.S. Supreme Court has, in recent years, been changing patent law is dizzying, and the court ofte...



State Bar & Bar Associations, Criminal, Ethics/Professional Responsibility

State Bar files charges against prosecutor

Apr. 17, 2018
By Lyle Moran

Andrew Michael Ganz is accused of suppressing evidence in a Solano County murder case


Ethics/Professional Responsibility, Law Office Management, Law Practice

In some cases, an entire law firm can be disqualified if the firm hires an attorney who has acquired, or could possibly have a...



California Courts of Appeal, Civil Litigation

A state appellate court panel has reversed a $34.5 million malpractice verdict against Holland & Knight LLP.


Ethics/Professional Responsibility, Law Practice, Civil Litigation

An attorney who is called to serve as a witness in an action faces unique risks -- even one who has questioned hundreds of wit...



9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Civil Litigation

Notwithstanding some unfortunate language in prior cases, there really is not any such burden-shifting doctrine associated wit...


California Supreme Court, Judges and Judiciary

Chief Justice outlines plans for increased funds

Apr. 4, 2018
By David Houston

The loosening purse strings could allow the Judicial Council to finally put in place changes her Futures Commission laid out a...



State Bar & Bar Associations, Criminal

A disbarred Orange County attorney accused of stealing from two clients has been jailed on felony charges that include unlawfu...


Judges and Judiciary, Law Practice, Civil Litigation

If you want an interested judge, you need to be an attentive advocate.



Ethics/Professional Responsibility, Law Practice

A 2017 survey of lawyers' professional liability insurers shows an upward trend in the average fees and costs incurred in defe...


Ethics/Professional Responsibility, Law Practice

Even in light of a life-altering disaster, an attorney must act competently, preserve confidentiality, maintain confidentialit...



State Bar & Bar Associations, Ethics/Professional Responsibility

The state Supreme Court would need to adopt the proposal for it to become effective


Criminal, Ethics/Professional Responsibility

An Orange County personal injury attorney accused of raiding his clients' settlement money and fleeing to Costa Rica was indic...



Ethics/Professional Responsibility

When an attorney discovers she has received privileged documents in error, crucial ethics questions arise, and they have serio...


Ethics/Professional Responsibility

The prevalence of Sexual harassment raises profound ethical issues for attorneys,



State Bar & Bar Associations, Ethics/Professional Responsibility, Law Practice, Civil Litigation, Year in Review Column

In the Matter of Ethics

Dec. 29, 2017

The State Bar Court Review Department issued a range of attorney discipline opinions this year. As usual, the most common comp...


Ethics/Professional Responsibility

A recent decision from the Ninth Circuit highlights the problem when a judge participates in social media. By Andrew M. Ma...



Health Care & Hospital Law

"Mindfulness" may be a buzzword these days, but it may also light the path to improving professional competence. By A. Marco...


Ethics/Professional Responsibility

A recent decision highlights the need to pay attention to the Rules of Professional Responsibility when handling privileged ma...



Ethics/Professional Responsibility, Law Office Management, Law Practice

Some of the most difficult ethical issues arise not out of an attorney’s own conduct, but rather out of instances where an att...


Ethics/Professional Responsibility, Law Practice

Armed with a recent appellate decision, trial courts should readily sustain demurrers where such causes of action are nothing ...



Ethics/Professional Responsibility, Law Practice

If approved, new fee-sharing agreement rules will better protect clients by requiring that informed written consents be obtain...


Ethics/Professional Responsibility, Law Practice

Fresh on the heels of its prior opinion discussing confidentiality, the State Bar of California closed out 2016 with an ethics...



State Bar & Bar Associations, Ethics/Professional Responsibility, Law Practice

MFAs are a great way for lawyers to resolve fee disputes and avoid malpractice claims and State Bar complaints.


Criminal, Ethics/Professional Responsibility

Election Day 2016 added yet another tourist attraction to the already overpopulated Golden State: marijuana. For California la...



Ethics/Professional Responsibility, Judges and Judiciary

In the middle of several heavily contested political campaigns, it is easy to find barbs directed from one political candidate...


Ethics/Professional Responsibility, Judges and Judiciary, Law Practice

Although there are fine ethical lines between the competing responsibilities of zealous advocacy and dishonesty -- fortunately...



State Bar & Bar Associations, California Supreme Court, Criminal, Ethics/Professional Responsibility

The State Bar Board of Trustee's recently adopted the two of the California Rules Revision Commission's proposed amended Calif...


Ethics/Professional Responsibility

Recognizing the alarming rate of substance abuse among lawyers, the State Bar offers the Alternative Discipline Program -- a c...