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Los Angeles Ethics Attorney

Attorney Erin Joyce has extensive experience in State Bar investigations and disciplinary proceedings, plus over twenty-five years of civil litigation practice.

Erin was admitted in 1990 and practiced for nearly eight years in an intellectual property boutique before joining the Office of Chief Trial Counsel as a prosecutor for the State Bar, from 1997 through 2016.  Erin has almost twenty years of experience handling all aspects of discipline cases against attorneys in State Bar Court, from the filing of the complaint through trial and review. She has personally tried dozens of State Bar trials and several appeals. Erin has a comprehensive understanding of how State Bar investigations and proceedings unfold.

Before going into private practice, Erin served as Chief Special Investigator for the Los Angeles Fire Department, as a prosecutor for the State Bar of California, and as a lawyer for multiple private practices.

Erin’s Practice Areas Include:

  • State Bar Discipline
  • Moral Character Determination Proceedings
  • Reinstatements before the State Bar Court
  • Professional Licensing
  • Ethics Consultations


  • Southwestern School of Law, Los Angeles, California J.D. – 1990 (first in class)
  • UCLA, Los Angeles, California B.A. – 1987 (history with certificate in business administration)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Member
  • LACBA Networking Meeting Steering Committee, Chair
  • LACBA Small Firms and Solo Practitioners Section, Chair
  • Professional Responsibility and Ethics Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar, Member
  • LACBA Delegation to Conference of California Bar Associations, Secretary
  • Conference of California Bar Associations, Resolutions Committee Member
  • Women in the Law Institute, Faculty
  • California Lawyers Association, Member
  • California Lawyers Association, Attorney Wellbeing Committee, Member
  • California Lawyers Association, Small Firms Section, Member
  • Association of Discipline Defense Counsel, Secretary to the Board
  • Women Lawyers of Los Angeles, Member
  • San Fernando Valley Bar Association Board of Trustees, Member
  • Future of Lawyering Taskforce, Chair
  • Practicing Law Institute, Faculty
  • Continuing Education of the Bar, Faculty

 Publications & Programs

  • Program speaker on “How to Avoid a State Bar Complaint,” CAALA Convention, August 30, 2019
  • Program speaker on “New Rules for the Small Firm Practitioner,” Eastern Bar Association, January 17, 2019
  • Program speaker on “New Rules of Professional Conduct,” Los Angeles County Bar Association, January 31, 2019
  • Program speaker on “Avoiding the State Bar Discipline System,” State Bar of California’s Solo and Small Firm Summit, June 2012
  • Program speaker on “What You Don’t Know About Trust Accounting Can Get You Disbarred,” LACBA Ethics Symposium, January 2020
  • Program Speaker on “Ethics for the Government Lawyer,” Los Angeles County Counsel, February 2020
  • “The Perils of Flat Fee Agreements Under the New Rules of Professional Conduct,” LACBA Update, September 2019
  • “Bar Proposals will Upend the Legal Profession,” Los Angeles Daily Journal, October 2, 2019
  • “How to Avoid a State Bar Complaint,” CAALA’s The Advocate, December 2019 Edition
  • “Practicing Law in Interesting Times,” California Lawyers Association’s website, May 2020



When you get a letter from the State Bar, don’t go it alone! You need competent, experienced counsel to respond to the State Bar at every stage. Your license is at risk, so ensure you have the best representation from a former State Bar prosecutor before sending any response to an investigator or responding to formal charges leveled by the State Bar. You cannot make an informed decision without good advice. Call Erin now.

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