Jean Cha is a former 13-year State Bar of California Office of Chief Trial Counsel prosecutor in Orange, CA. Ms. Cha has handled every type of OCTC case. Her greatest strength is her ability to assist lawyers in formulating and advancing their best State Bar defense. Ms. Cha’s current practice includes Professional Liability, Legal Malpractice, State Bar Discipline Defense and Reinstatements, Moral Character Matters, Admissions, Risk Management, Legal Ethics Consultations and Expert Witness Services.
Cha Law Ethics attorneys have almost 60 years of combined experience in assisting clients with various civil and administrative matters.
We focus on educating and empowering members of our noble legal profession while compassionately protecting attorneys’ reputation and livelihood.
According to the State Bar’s April 30, 2020 Annual Discipline Report:
In 2019, the State Bar opened more than 16,200 cases against California lawyers. The Office of Chief Trial Counsel (OCTC) filed 619 cases in State Bar Court, seeking the imposition of formal discipline. The State Bar Court recommended or imposed discipline in 532 cases. The Supreme Court disbarred 117 attorneys and suspended another 137.
Special Disciplinary Attention relates to Immigration Attorney alleged misconduct and complaints regarding Vulnerable Clients.
The prior year, in 2018, the State Bar received 15,973 new complaints against California lawyers. OCTC filed disciplinary charges or stipulations to discipline in 661 cases. Formal discipline was recommended by the State Bar Court in 544 cases, and the Supreme Court disbarred 131 attorneys and suspended another 149.
Complaints are on the rise, in part, due to the Online Complaint Portal, implemented in late 2018.
Despite these high numbers, attorneys often jeopardize their professional good standing, financial earning capability and license to practice law by not immediately seeking the aid of counsel.
Representing attorneys and law students in all aspects of attorney legal matters including California State Bar investigations, formal prosecutions and reinstatements, legal malpractice and best practices. Jean Cha also provides services as expert witness regarding professional responsibility, both consulting and testifying.
Jean Cha is an ethics practitioner and specializes in Legal Ethics Consulting and the founder of Cha Law Ethics where she handles Legal Malpractice Defense, Professional Responsibility, State Bar Disciplinary Defense, Moral Character, Admissions, Reinstatements, and Conflicts issues; is an MCLE Provider and offers Ethics Expert Consulting Services.
Discipline Defense Counsel: Counsel for State Bar of California licensees facing allegations of Business and Professions Code or State Bar Act violations through all stages of discipline defense, intake, investigation, review, moral character and admissions, reinstatement, 6007(b)(3), criminal conviction referrals, law practice management, legal ethics advice, consulting, counseling, continuing education, professional liability and legal malpractice defense, attorney fee and partnership disputes, business litigation, disqualifications, and conflicts advice.
Ethics Counsel - State Bar Defense, Legal Malpractice Defense, Legal Ethics Expert and Admissions at JeanCha