Curriculum Vitae

Jean Cha's C.V.

Jean Cha  Practicing with honesty and integrity in furtherance of advancing the honorable reputation of the legal profession, educating lawyer membership, promoting compliance with the ethical rules governing lawyers with passion as an expert in legal ethics and State Bar matters.
ETHICS COUNSEL – Professional Responsibility, Legal Malpractice Defense, Expert Consulting, MCLE Trainings, Admissions, Reinstatements, and State Bar Defense.
Cha Law Ethics

October 2020 – Present
Orange, CA

ETHICS COUNSEL – Ethics, Admissions, Legal Malpractice & Professional Responsibility.
Pansky Markle Attorneys at Law

November 2019 – October 2020
South Pasadena, CA

SENIOR COUNSEL – Legal Malpractice and Professional Liability Team.
Manning & Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez, Trester LLP

June 2018 – Present
Los Angeles, CA

PRO BONO ATTORNEY – Civil Litigation and State Bar Matters
Law Office of Jean Cha

July 2017 – October 2020
Orange County, CA

DEPUTY TRIAL COUNSEL – Prosecution in all Office of Chief Trial Counsel Aspects
The State Bar of California

August 2004 – June 2017
Los Angeles, CA



Ethicist:  Ethics Expert Consulting, Legal Malpractice Defense, State Bar Discipline Defense, Admissions and Moral Character Applications, Petitions for Reinstatement, Professional Responsibility Advisor, Continuing Legal Education Curator


Senior Counsel:  Focus on Legal Malpractice matters and assigned to the professional liability and professional license defense team in civil litigation, Office of Administrative Hearings, and State Bar Court.


Expert Witness:  Analyze and Assess Exposure for Professional Liability considerations, Rules of Professional Conduct and State Bar Act violations, ethics compliance, and risk management for individuals and law firms.


Contract Attorney:  Areas of practice include Intellectual Property such as licensing, commercialization, trademark defense, cybersecurity, Employment Law such as FLSA compliance and employment contracts, Business Litigation such as fiduciary duty, Contract Law, and Corporate Law.


Discipline Defense Counsel:  Counsel for State Bar lawyer members facing allegations of Business and Professions Code or State Bar Act violations through all stages of discipline defense, intake, investigation, trial, appeal, reinstatement, criminal conviction referrals, moral character and admissions, law practice management, legal ethics advice, consulting, counseling, continuing education, professional liability and legal malpractice defense and prosecution, attorney fee and partnership disputes, business litigation, disqualifications, marketing, advertising and solicitation, and conflicts advice.  Counsel to Applicants for Admission and Reinstatement.


State Bar Investigations:  Served as Acting Senior Trial Counsel, Team Lead, and Legal Advisor to the Office of Intake and Investigations.  Maintained statistics, status reports and supervision of subordinate team members while managing a caseload of over 275 investigative matters and processed over 2600 intake matters annually.  Liaised between management and executives.  Contributed to and revised Policy Handbooks.  Encouraged mentorship relations, provided volunteer opportunities, and organized inter-departmental trainings and CLE.  Managed collaborative round tables, worked with executive team members to enhance transparency and designed a professional development program to improve departmental efficiency.  Heavy focus on statutory compliance and attorney regulation.


State Bar Disciplinary Prosecution Litigated at Trial and Review Level regarding California Rules of Professional Conduct and State Bar Act violations with expertise in ethics as it pertains to numerous practice areas in relation to admissions, disciplinary prosecution, moral character, reinstatement and disbarment matters before the State Bar Court Hearing Department and Review Department of the State Bar Court in appellate matters.  Greatest focus on pushing the boundaries of developing case law and educating membership regarding best practices and responding to stakeholder and court concerns.


The State Bar of California, (2020-Present), Volunteer of the State Bar Board of Trustees Working Group on Closing the Justice Gap (CTJG Working Group)


The State Bar Court of the State Bar of California, Panel Member Attorney as Court-Appointed Counsel in pro bono State Bar matters (2018-Present)


The State Bar of California Mandatory Fee Arbitration Program Mediator (2022-Present)


Association of Discipline Defense Counsel, President (2022), 1st Vice President (2021); 2nd Vice President (2018-2020) – The Association of Discipline Defense Counsel is the bar association for lawyers who represent lawyers and others in disciplinary, admissions, and regulatory proceedings before the State Bar of California and California Supreme Court.


ADDC, (2020) Liaison for the State Bar Court Bench Bar Committee Pro Bono Clinic Initiative to provide pro bono services to attorneys in need.


ADDC, (2018-Present) Membership Chair and Co-Chair of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee


Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL), Membership Chair (2020-Present); Member (2018-Present).

American Bar Association (ABA), Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belong, Committee, Member (2022-Present)


American Bar Association (ABA), LP Ethics & Professionalism Committee, Member (2021-Present)


American Bar Association (ABA), Pro Bono & Public Service Committee, Member (2021-Present)


Served on Committee to Evaluate Changes to Standards for Attorney Sanctions with the State Bar of California, (2018-2019)


National Organization of Bar Counsel, Member (2005-2017)


Christian Legal Society, Member and Mentor Program, Mentor


Christian Legal Aid Los Angeles, Pro Bono Clinic Volunteer


California Law Academies Volunteer Coordinator (2012-2017), Volunteer (2017-Present). The California Law Academies benefit high school students and builds a diversity pipeline into the law.


Association of Junior Leagues International and Junior League of Orange County Volunteer and Sustaining

Member (2010-Present)


Risk Management for the State Bar practitioner, Association of Discipline Defense Counsel (ADDC), LA, slated for December 2023


MCLE Presenter: Private Event, Private Law Firm, slated for October 2023


Civility Matters, Desert Bar Association, ABOTA, slated for September 2023


Lawyers Behaving Badly, American Bar Association, July 2023


Thoughts on Batson and Harada: Implicit Bias and Jury Selection, California ABOTA, July 2023


Implicit Bias: Cultural Humility, Agism, and Power, Association of Discipline Defense Counsel (ADDC), Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, July 2023


CTAPP: What If The Answer Is “No”? Strategies For Addressing Client Trust Accounting Issues In The New Age of CTAPP, Virtual Solo and Small Firm Summit, California Lawyers Association, June 2023


MCLE Presenter: Is Civility An Ethical Obligation, Labor & Employment Annual Retreat, Los Angeles County Bar Association, April 2023


Oh No! I’ve been sued: Malpractice, PR, and Ethics: Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys (AAAA), April 2023


MCLE Presenter: CTAPP: New and Revised Rules, San Bernardino County Bar Association, April 2023


MCLE Presenter: From Ethical Violations to Criminal Convictions: United States v. Avenatti, Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL), January 2023


Respondent’s Round Table: Time to Share War Stories and Brainstorm Defense Strategies, Association of Discipline Defense Counsel (ADDC), December 2022


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Tools to Implement in 2023, Association of Discipline Defense Counsel (ADDC), December 2022


Ethics Tune-Up: The (Un-)Common Sources of Ethical Mistakes in Today’s Immigration Practice – and how to avoid them, Los Angeles County Bar Association, November 2022


Outside Counsel Guidelines, New York State Bar Association, November 2022


Unauthorized Practice of Law, Los Angeles Paralegal Association, October 2022


Legal Technology Practice and Competence, Alameda County Bar Association, March 2022


Managing Conflicts of Interest in an Immigration Law Practice, Los Angeles County Bar Association, January 20, 2022


Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Implementation of Tools in 2022, Association of Discipline Defense Counsel, Annual Meeting, December 2021


The Future of Law Firms and Beyond, Chicago, Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers Annual Meeting, October 2021


Ethical Considerations in Joint Representation, L&E Symposium, Alameda County Bar Association, August 2021


Practicing Law: The State Bar Perspective, Trinity Law School, July 2021


The Ethics of Virtual Depositions & Trials, Private Firm, May 2021


Crisis Fatigue & Fiduciary Duties, Private Firm, April 2021


Legal Malpractice Risk Management Conference Panelist, Private Firm, March 2021


Legal Ethics in Estate Planning in Light of New Changes, Affinity Group, February 2021


State Bar Review Department Decisions: A Year in Review, Association of Discipline Defense Counsel, January 2021


Civility Matters Panelist, CA American Board of Trial Advocates (CAL-ABOTA), December 2020


Ethical Considerations in Intake and Beyond: Engagement & Conflicts of Interest, Private Firm, November 2020


Thriving in Volatile Times and Growing Your Practice, Orange County Bar Association, November 2020

Getting the Business: Retooling with New Practice Areas, Competency and Mentoring, California Lawyers Association, November 2020


Ethics Dos and Don’ts for Lawyer Marketing & Advertising in 2020, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, October 2020


General Principles in Ethics, Orange County Bar Association, October 2020


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Toolkit, Private Firm, July 2020


Billing Compliance: Billing Techniques for Carrier Matters, Private Firm, May 2020


Honest to Greatness: The Value of Honesty and Power of Ethics, Westlake Village Lawyers Affinity Group, January 2020


Ethics of Billing: Tips and Tricks, Guest Speaker, The Los Angeles Paralegal Association, October 2019


Supervision and the Unauthorized Practice of Law, Private Firm, June 2019


Caution: Hard Hat Area, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Concerns, Fitness to Practice Law, Private Firm, January 2019


State Bar Court Decisions: A Year in Review, Lessons Learned from the Defense, January 2019


CA State Bar New Rules of Professional Conduct: Deep Dive into the Rules, January 2019


The Amended California Rules of Professional Responsibility and What You Should Know, November 2018


Professional Responsibility and the State Bar Act, Guest Speaker Loyola Law School, 2012-2016

Various Confidential MCLE Trainings for Internal Use at the State Bar of California, 2009-2014


State Bar Public Outreach Speaker and Mentor Training Program, 2008-2016


NITA Certifications:  2011 NITA: The Articulate Advocate, 2008 NITA: Trial Techniques for the Discipline Bar, 2007 NITA: Discovery Workshop, 2007 NITA: Advanced Legal Writing & Editing, 2006 NITA: Building Trial Skills.

Los Angeles District Attorney Training Seminars:  Covering various litigation, prosecutorial and law enforcement topics. 

Certificate: Law, Technology & Management
Technology Commercialization Law Program
Focus on Intellectual Property
President NWLSA & Moot Court Advisor
Treasurer & Moot Court Coach APALSA

J.D., 2002

Certificate: Business Foundations Program
Government/Political Science Double Major

B.A., 1999

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What people are saying

My life changed. I was too old to be at the crossroad and too young not to fight. I was referred to Jean Cha through a colleague that used to work with Jean. The first few lawyers I called did not know much about fighting wrongful allegations reported to the State Bar. I found Ms. Cha and we remained in constant communication during the entire process. Not only did she provide stellar service to me via phone and email, but I continue to seek ethics advice from her in my general practice. I have no doubt in my mind that if I did not contact Jean Cha, I would not have understood the scope of my options. If you receive a discipline complaint, PUSH "Pause", and call Jean Cha now. Without a doubt she is a game changer. From the bottom of my heart... THANK YOU, JEAN!
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Wonderful Experience, Excellent Job! I contacted a few law offices before as I was extremely tensed about my situation and needed an attorney with a "heart" to understand me. Finally, attorney Jean Cha helped me out, made me feel comfortable, and took consideration for any conditions I had at the time. With one email from her, the issue got resolved. If you are looking for an honest and helpful attorney, who is ready to stand by you, look no further. She is well informed, smart, supportive and kind. I am very grateful to Ms. Cha for her excellent job!
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Jean Cha is a gem! If you have the opportunity to work with Jean Cha, consider yourself lucky. In the last three years I have had more than my fair share of exposure to attorneys, and I have come to see firsthand what is probably obvious to everyone else: not all lawyers are created equal. I have worked with and spoken to a number of lawyers – and when I say “a number,” I mean several dozen! – and without trying to sound cheesy, I have to say that Jean Cha stood out like a beacon in the night. This woman not only had the expertise I desperately needed – that no other attorney managed to provide – but she was kind, understanding and treated me like a human being. Rare! It is amazing to me how many attorneys I have encountered who are not simply not only not as knowledgeable as I expected or assumed, but also seemed to be lacking in basic social skills. I have kowtowed to their arrogant and rude behavior, confusing it with intelligence, skill and wisdom. Despite her impressive resume, Jean Cha is neither arrogant nor intimidating; she actually takes the time to explain! She is definitely one in a million, and I would highly recommend her!
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Jean is one of the most enthusiastic attorney's I've had the pleasure of working with. She not only knows her stuff, she knows enough to learn the things she has not yet encountered. You want an attorney who puts her ego second to getting a great job done first. I have worked with Jean at the ADDC and she has been a help, fascinated by the work, and has become a friend. I highly endores her.
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