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Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Commercial Litigation Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    South Pasadena, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
Lawyer
James J. "Jim" Belanger  was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

James J. "Jim" Belanger

J. Belanger Law PLLC
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Tempe, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: General Practice Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Criminal Defense: White-Collar Qui Tam Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Southfield, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Southfield, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
Lawyer
Thomas W. "Tom" Cranmer  was awarded 2021 "Lawyer of the Year" in Foundation.Models.Operations.Elasticsearch.BestLawyers.PracticeArea

Thomas W. "Tom" Cranmer

Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, P.L.C.
  • Recognized Since: 2001
  • Location:
    Troy, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - Securities Bet-the-Company Litigation Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Criminal Defense: General Practice Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Charleston, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Burlington, Vermont
  • Practice Areas:
    Family Law Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Family Law Mediation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Alexandria, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Litigation - Labor and Employment Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Hartford, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1987
  • Location:
    Detroit, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Antitrust Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1983
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Litigation - Antitrust Litigation - First Amendment Appellate Practice Mediation Litigation - Intellectual Property Native American Law Media Law Gaming Law Arbitration Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Memphis, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1995
  • Location:
    Memphis, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Litigation - Securities Litigation - Banking and Finance Litigation - Labor and Employment Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Trusts and Estates Commercial Litigation Professional Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1991
  • Location:
    Memphis, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
Janet P. Jakubowicz was awarded 2021 "Lawyer of the Year" in Foundation.Models.Operations.Elasticsearch.BestLawyers.PracticeArea

Janet P. Jakubowicz

Dentons Bingham Greenebaum
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Louisville, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Securities Litigation - Intellectual Property Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Litigation - Banking and Finance Litigation - Trusts and Estates
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1993
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment Media Law Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1991
  • Location:
    Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Real Estate Law Appellate Practice Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Banking and Finance Litigation - Securities Commercial Litigation Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Antitrust
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Litigation - Labor and Employment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1997
  • Location:
    Greenville, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Commercial Litigation Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Real Estate Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Litigation - Antitrust Litigation - Labor and Employment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Arbitration Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Charleston, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2001
  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Insurance Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Appellate Practice Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
Kevin P. McGoff was awarded 2021 "Lawyer of the Year" in Foundation.Models.Operations.Elasticsearch.BestLawyers.PracticeArea

Kevin P. McGoff

Dentons Bingham Greenebaum
  • Recognized Since: 2001
  • Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Criminal Defense: White-Collar Family Law Criminal Defense: General Practice Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    Woodbridge, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Appellate Practice Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Commercial Litigation Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1993
  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Banking and Finance Law Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Corporate Governance Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law Corporate Compliance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2001
  • Location:
    Baltimore, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Bet-the-Company Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Madison, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    South Pasadena, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Omaha, Nebraska
  • Practice Areas:
    Professional Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Insurance Law Litigation - Insurance Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Bethesda, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: General Practice Commercial Litigation Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Criminal Defense: White-Collar Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative / Regulatory Law Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Municipal Mediation Arbitration Municipal Law Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Tallahassee, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Greenwood Village, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Portland, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Criminal Defense: White-Collar DUI / DWI Defense Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Criminal Defense: General Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Manchester, New Hampshire Concord, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Employment Law - Management
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Litigation - Labor and Employment
Lawyer
Monte A. Vines was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Monte A. Vines

Adams Jones Law Firm, P.A.
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Wichita, Kansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Litigation - Banking and Finance Commercial Litigation Litigation - Real Estate
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Redmond, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1991
  • Location:
    Detroit, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Securities Litigation - Construction Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Labor and Employment Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Commercial Litigation Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants

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Practice Area Definition

Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Definition

A lawyer’s work is increasingly governed by a specialized set of laws and regulations, starting with the rules of legal ethics. And lawyers sometimes need lawyers to help them comply with these laws or to defend themselves when they run afoul of these laws and rules.

Over the last 25 years, a small, but growing, group of lawyers have begun to specialize in the law governing lawyers. The boundaries of ethics and professional responsibility law are not clearly fixed, but these lawyers are often called upon to handle:
  • Representation of lawyers in disciplinary matters, where a lawyer is accused of violating an ethics rule and is subject to sanctions, such as disbarment or suspension.
  • Representation of lawyers and law firms in court when they are accused of ethics violations or professional misconduct, including motions for sanctions for lawyer misconduct, motions to disqualify lawyers for conflicts of interest, and proceedings involving issues of attorney-client privilege and confidentiality.
  • Representation of applicants in bar admission proceedings.
  • Providing advice to lawyers and law firms concerning whether their planned conduct complies with ethics rules and other law.
  • Providing loss prevention advice to lawyers and law firms, helping them deal with claims by clients and others, or situations that may leads to claims, and advising lawyers and law firms how to avoid them.
  • Working as in-house counsel to law firms to provide ethics advice to the firm and its lawyers.

Ethics and professional responsibility lawyers also represent people other than lawyers, including, for example, people considering filing lawyer disciplinary complaints, malpractice complaints, or motions to disqualify lawyers for conflicts of interest. 

Because the lawyers who practice in this area know so much about the law and rules governing lawyer conduct, as well as about the standard of care by which good lawyers practice, they frequently serve as expert witnesses when a lawyer’s conduct is called into question, whether in legal malpractice matters, lawyer disciplinary matters, or disqualification motions.

For the same reasons, ethics and professional responsibility lawyers are sometimes called upon by those who do business with lawyers, ranging from title insurance companies to marketing companies to litigation funding companies, to advise them on how lawyers may lawfully and appropriately do business with them.

Some ethics and professional responsibility lawyers also handle legal malpractice cases, whether for those bringing such claims or for lawyers accused of malpractice.

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A lawyer’s work is increasingly governed by a specialized set of laws and regulations, starting with the rules of legal ethics. And lawyers sometimes need lawyers to help them comply with these laws or to defend themselves when they run afoul of these laws and rules.

Over the last 25 years, a small, but growing, group of lawyers have begun to specialize in the law governing lawyers. The boundaries of ethics and professional responsibility law are not clearly fixed, but these lawyers are often called upon to handle:
  • Representation of lawyers in disciplinary matters, where a lawyer is accused of violating an ethics rule and is subject to sanctions, such as disbarment or suspension.
  • Representation of lawyers and law firms in court when they are accused of ethics violations or professional misconduct, including motions for sanctions for lawyer misconduct, motions to disqualify lawyers for conflicts of interest, and proceedings involving issues of attorney-client privilege and confidentiality.
  • Representation of applicants in bar admission proceedings.
  • Providing advice to lawyers and law firms concerning whether their planned conduct complies with ethics rules and other law.
  • Providing loss prevention advice to lawyers and law firms, helping them deal with claims by clients and others, or situations that may leads to claims, and advising lawyers and law firms how to avoid them.
  • Working as in-house counsel to law firms to provide ethics advice to the firm and its lawyers.

Ethics and professional responsibility lawyers also represent people other than lawyers, including, for example, people considering filing lawyer disciplinary complaints, malpractice complaints, or motions to disqualify lawyers for conflicts of interest. 

Because the lawyers who practice in this area know so much about the law and rules governing lawyer conduct, as well as about the standard of care by which good lawyers practice, they frequently serve as expert witnesses when a lawyer’s conduct is called into question, whether in legal malpractice matters, lawyer disciplinary matters, or disqualification motions.

For the same reasons, ethics and professional responsibility lawyers are sometimes called upon by those who do business with lawyers, ranging from title insurance companies to marketing companies to litigation funding companies, to advise them on how lawyers may lawfully and appropriately do business with them.

Some ethics and professional responsibility lawyers also handle legal malpractice cases, whether for those bringing such claims or for lawyers accused of malpractice.