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ERIN JOYCE

Pasadena Ethics Attorney

As a former 18-year State Bar prosecutor, Attorney Erin Joyce is an expert in legal ethics. Erin has extensive experience in State Bar investigations and disciplinary proceedings as well as 25 years of civil litigation experience.

Erin was admitted in 1990 and spent eight years practicing at an intellectual property firm before prosecuting for the State Bar from 1997 through 2016. With over 20 years of experience in attorney discipline cases, Erin has a comprehensive understanding of how State Bar investigations and proceedings unfold. She has tried dozens of State Bar trials and several appeals.

Prior to launching Erin Joyce Law, Erin served the Los Angeles Fire Department as a Chief Special Investigator, as a prosecutor for the State Bar, and as a lawyer for private practices. In addition to fighting for her clients, Erin contributes to the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Professional Responsibility and Ethics Committee and its Small Firm and Sole Practitioner Section. Erin is on the faculty of Abraham Lincoln University teaching advanced legal ethics and on the California Lawyers Association Solo Section Executive Committee and Health and Wellness Committee.
Erin graduated with honors from UCLA and received her J.D. from Southwestern Law School, where she was first in class.

Practice Areas

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

Education

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

Abraham Lincoln University, Adjunct Professor
Association of Discipline Defense Counsel, Second Vice President
Attorney of Distinction, Pasadena Magazine, March 2021
California Lawyers Association, Attorney Health and Wellness Committee, Co-Chair
California Lawyers Association, Future of Lawyering Taskforce, Member
California Lawyers Association, Small Firms Section, Member
Continuing Education of the Bar, Faculty
LACBA Future of Lawyering Taskforce, Chair
LACBA Small Firms and Solo Practitioners Section, Immediate Past Chair
LACBA Networking Meeting Steering Committee, Chair
LACBA Delegation to Conference of California Bar Associations, Chair
Practicing Law Institute, Faculty
Professional Responsibility and Ethics Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar, Secretary
San Fernando Valley Bar Association Board of Trustees, Member
SuperLawyer for 2022
Women in the Law Institute, Faculty
Women Lawyers of Los Angeles, Member

Publications

• “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
• “Zealous Advocacy During the Pandemic / Practicing Law In Interesting Times,” CAALA’s The Advocate – April 2020
• “Practicing Law In Interesting Times,” California Lawyers Association’s (Vol. 6 No. 2) – May 2020
• “What You Don’t Know About Trust Accounting Can Get You Disbarred,” LACBA Update – May 2020
• “The Buck Stops Here,” CLA The Practitioner/ SOLO (Vol. 26, Is. No. 3) – Summer 2020
• “State Bar Issues Draft Rules for Temporary Licensure Program,” Los Angeles Daily Journal – September 2020
• “Tales of Civility in Times of Pandemic,” Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine – October 2020
• “No Good Deed Goes Unpunished – Even Humanitarian Loans to Clients Must Comply with the Rules of Professional Conduct,” (Vol. 6, No. 4) Attorney at Law Magazine – October 2020
• “The Perils of Flat-Fee Agreements Under the Current Rules of Professional Conduct,” Attorney at Law Magazine – January 2021
• “Pitfalls to Avoid with Litigation Funding,” CAALA’s The Advocate – January 2021
• “LA County Bar: Others Oppose Paraprofessionals in Court,” Los Angeles Daily Journal – April 2021
• “Flat Fees: Follow the Rules, No Problem” (Reprint from Attorney at Law Magazine, Vol.7., No. 1), Valley Lawyer – June 2021
• “Don’t Be Tempted by the Fruit of the Alternative Payment App Tree!” CLA-The Practitioner/SOLO – July 2021
• “How Judicial Officers Can Assist in the Creation of Mental Health of Attorneys While Supporting and Aiding The Delivery of Justice,” California Lawyers Association, By Erin Joyce, the Hon. Kevin Rosenberg and Carolin Shining – July 2021
• “The Time Has Come for a State Bar Expungement Procedure,” Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine – July 2021
• “Problems with the Paraprofessional Program,” By Erin Joyce and Raquel Greenberg, Los Angeles Daily Journal – October 2021

Program Speaker and Presentations

• “Avoiding the State Bar Discipline System,” State Bar of California’s Solo and Small Firm Summit – June 2012
• “Significant Rule Changes that Impact the Small Firm or Solo Practitioner,” LACBA – December 2018
• “New Rules for the Small Firm Practitioner,” Eastern Bar Association – January 17, 2019
• “New Rules of Professional Conduct,” Los Angeles County Bar Association – January 31, 2019
• “The State Bar’s Proposal to Allow Non-Attorney Practice of Law” – December 2019, January 2020
• “What You Don’t Know About Trust Accounting Can Get You Disbarred,” LACBA Ethics Symposium – January 2020
• “Ethics for the Government Lawyer,” Los Angeles County Counsel – February 2020
• “Bankruptcy & COVID-19: Basics & Ethical Considerations,” Outside Counsel Network – April 2020
• “Wellness Strategies for the Legal Community,” The Lawyer Assistance Program – May 2020
• “The Ethics of Legal Marketing,” Outside Counsel Network – June 2020
• “Avoiding the State Bar Discipline System,” State Bar of California’s Solo and Small Firm Summit – June 2020
• “Trials During COVID,” CAALA – December 2020
• “Life and the Practice of Law After COVID 19,” Outside Counsel Network – July 2020
• “How Client Entanglements Can Jeopardize Your License” – August 2020
• “Starting and Building Your Law Practice in a Pandemic World,” PLI Program – August 2020
• “The Intersection of Attorney Ethics, Mental Health and the Covid Pandemic,” Outside Counsel Network – October 2020
• “How to Keep Your Client’s Money Safe and Your License Safe All At the Same Time!” CAALA Vegas – July 2021
• “Thriving in Volatile Times and Growing Your Practice,” MCLE – November 2020
• “How to Pivot Your Practice: The Importance of Competence, Mentorship, & Effective Communication,” MCLE – November 2020
• “Trials During COVID,” CAALA – December 2020
• Program Speaker at LACBA Ethics Symposium – January 2021
• “What You Don’t Know About Trust Accounts Can Get You Disbarred” – January 2020, April 2020, January 2021
• Contemporary Ethical Issues – February 2021
• “How to Avoid a State Bar Complaint” – February 2021
• “The Ethics of Referrals,” Outside Counsel Network – November 2020, March 2021
• “Ethics Do’s and Don’ts for Lawyer Marketing and Advertising in 2020,” CAALA – March 2021
• “Ethics of Alternative Billing” – April 2021
• “Special Ethics Issues for Trusts and Estates Attorneys” – April 2021
• Program Speaker on “Mediation Ethics” – May 2021
• “How Law Firms Can Thrive in These Turbulent Times,” Outside Counsel Network – May 2021
• “The State Bar’s Attack on Lawyers: Big Tech Takeover and How Paraprofessionals Will Affect Your Practice” – June 2021
• “Pitfalls for the Unwary: How Changes in the Rules of Professional Conduct Can Expose You to Serious Liability,” California Lawyers Association – July 2021
• “How Judges Affect Attorney Wellbeing,” California Lawyer Association – August 2021
• “The Basics of How to Manage Your Trust Account to Avoid Discipline,” CAALA Vegas – September 2021
• “Deconstructing Girardi,” Westside Bar Association – October 2021

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REPRESENTING CLIENTS THROUGHOUT ALL OF CALIFORNIA

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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