The attorneys in Rogers Joseph O’Donnell’s Attorney Liability and Conduct practice group handle legal malpractice, fee dispute and State Bar disciplinary matters, and provide advice and counseling in the areas of ethics and law practice management. Our focus is on efficient, effective, and strategic representation to achieve our clients’ goals, whether that means going to trial, settling a claim, or evaluating an ethics or compliance issue. Co-chairs Merri Baldwin and John Heller are certified as Specialists in Legal Malpractice Law by the California Board of Legal Specialization.
Litigation. We handle legal malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty actions, malicious prosecution claims, motions to disqualify and motions for sanctions against attorneys. We handle attorney-client fee disputes, and represent attorneys in disciplinary proceedings brought by the State Bar of California. We are seasoned trial and appellate attorneys, have tried professional liability cases to jury verdict, and arbitrate matters in this area.
We regularly employ the anti-SLAPP statute on behalf of our clients, and successfully use this procedural device to extricate attorneys and firms from lawsuits alleging malicious prosecution, fraud, and legal malpractice.
Ethics and Law Practice Management Advice. Rogers Joseph O’Donnell attorneys provide advice concerning compliance with ethical and other rules, including conflicts of interest, ethical walls, ediscovery, attorney advertising, risk management, and compliance with the State Bar Act and other professional rules. We advise lawyers and law firms concerning law firm dissolutions, disputes among members of law firms and partner departures. Our emphasis is on practical solutions that ensure that our clients comply with their ethical obligations, while limiting potential exposure and controlling costs.
Expert Testimony. A number of Rogers Joseph O’Donnell attorneys serve as ethics, malpractice, and fee dispute experts for both plaintiffs and defendants.
References available upon request.