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  • Location:
    Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
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James J. Belanger was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

James J. Belanger

J. Belanger Law PLLC
  • Location:
    Tempe, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Criminal Defense: White-Collar Qui Tam Law Criminal Defense: General Practice
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  • Location:
    Southfield, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Charleston, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Burlington, Vermont
  • Practice Areas:
    Family Law Family Law Mediation Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Alexandria, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Hartford, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
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Eugene Driker was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Eugene Driker

Barris, Sott, Denn & Driker, P.L.L.C
  • Location:
    Detroit, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation Litigation - Antitrust Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
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  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Arbitration Bet-the-Company Litigation Media Law Litigation - Antitrust Gaming Law Mediation Litigation - Intellectual Property Native American Law Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Memphis, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Litigation - First Amendment Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Memphis, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Securities Litigation - Banking and Finance Litigation - Labor and Employment Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
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  • Location:
    Memphis, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Columbus, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
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  • Location:
    Louisville, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Litigation - Banking and Finance Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Securities Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Media Law Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Real Estate Law Health Care Law Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Securities Litigation - Banking and Finance Litigation - Antitrust Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Greenville, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Litigation - Real Estate Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Litigation - Antitrust Litigation - Labor and Employment Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Commercial Litigation Arbitration Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Charleston, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Family Law Criminal Defense: White-Collar Criminal Defense: General Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Commercial Litigation Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Madison, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Commercial Litigation Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Omaha, Nebraska
  • Practice Areas:
    Professional Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Commercial Litigation Insurance Law Litigation - Insurance
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Memphis, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law First Amendment Law Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Health Care Law Litigation - First Amendment Commercial Litigation Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Bethesda, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: General Practice Commercial Litigation Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Appellate Practice Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative / Regulatory Law Arbitration Municipal Law Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Litigation - Municipal Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Mediation Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
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  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon Los Angeles, California Portland, California Los Angeles, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
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  • Location:
    Tallahassee, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Greenwood Village, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Concord, New Hampshire Manchester, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
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Monte A. Vines was awarded 2019 "Lawyer of the Year" in Elasticsearch.PracticeArea

Monte A. Vines

Adams Jones Law Firm, P.A.
  • Location:
    Wichita, Kansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Banking and Finance Commercial Litigation Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Real Estate
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Hackensack, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Criminal Defense: White-Collar Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Columbus, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Corporate Compliance Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Redmond, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants
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Sharon M. Woods was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Sharon M. Woods

Barris, Sott, Denn & Driker, P.L.L.C
  • Location:
    Detroit, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Bet-the-Company Litigation Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Litigation - Construction Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Commercial Litigation Litigation - Securities Litigation - Real Estate

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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.

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.