Solo and Small Firm

The Practitioner Summer 2016, Volume 22, Issue 3

MCLE Article: What To Do When The State Bar Calls

By Megan Zavieh

Megan Zavieh focuses her practice on attorney ethics, representing attorneys facing state bar disciplinary action and providing guidance to practicing attorneys on questions of legal ethics. She has been representing attorneys facing disciplinary action before the California State Bar since 2009 and is admitted to practice in California, Georgia, New York and New Jersey, as well as in Federal District Court and the U.S. Supreme Court. She blogs at and is a contributor at and

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When the State Bar sends you a letter of investigation, it can be terrifying. Many attorneys simply don’t open that "personal and confidential" envelope and hope it will just go away. Unfortunately, it never does, and not responding is not only a default on the underlying merits of the complaint filed against you, but it is also a violation of your duty to cooperate with the State Bar under Business & Professions Code § 6068(i).

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