Regulatory and Discipline Counsel for Legal Professionals

State Bar Investigations, State Bar Discipline Defense,

Expert Testimony and MCLE Programming

Jim Ham provides legal ethics and malpractice advice, and defends attorneys in State Bar discipline investigations and trial proceedings. He recently completed service as a Commissioner of the State Bar’s Commission on the Revision of the Rules of Professional Conduct, which produced a comprehensive redraft of California’s legal ethics rules. He also serves as Public Statements Chairperson of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, and has been active for more than 30 years on the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Professional Responsibility and Ethics Committee. Jim has handled thousands of state bar investigations and inquiries, and has an exceptional record of trial success on behalf of respondents in State Bar Court. He previously taught legal ethics at USC’s Gould School of Law, is rated AV by Martindale Hubble and has been named a Southern California Super Lawyer every year since 2006. He was partner of Pansky Markle Ham LLP for nine years. Before that, he spent 10 years as a partner of Arnold & Porter, a national law firm. Jim acts as an expert witness on matters of attorney conduct and the standard of care, and speaks and writes regularly on the topic of legal ethics. He is an active poster of breaking ethics news and developments at his LinkedIn page

Our Services:

  • On-Call Telephone Legal Ethics Consultations
  • Assistance with Responses to State Bar Investigation Letters
  • Defense of State Bar Investigations, Discipline Trials and Appeals
  • State Bar Probation Compliance and Probation Violations
  • MCLE Compliance Audits Advice and Assistance
  • Bar Applicant Moral Character Applications and Proceedings
  • Law School Academic Discipline and Investigations
  • Expert Consultation and Testimony Regarding Standard of Care Relating to Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility
  • Litigation, Mediation, and Arbitration of Fee Disputes
  • Assistance with Conflicts of Interest, Motions to Disqualify, and Motions to Withdraw
  • Multi-Jurisdictional Practice and Unlawful Practice of Law Issues
  • Law Firm Formation, Law Firm Dissolution, and Partnership Disputes
  • Law Corporations and Limited Liability Partnership Issues
  • Continuing Legal Education Programming
  • Legal Malpractice Evaluation, Defense and Prosecution

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