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 the California Supreme Court.

Our members include former State Bar discipline prosecutors, former State Bar Court judges, current and former members of the State Bar’s Standing Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct, and legal ethics professors. Collectively our members have hundreds of years of experience with the discipline system and the bar admission process.

Many of our members also practice in other areas of law, including legal malpractice civil litigation, legal ethics, defense of other professionals in administrative proceedings, attorney/law firm risk management, and criminal defense.


~ to ensure that attorneys and bar applicants are treated fairly and afforded due process in discipline, admissions, and regulatory proceedings conducted by the State Bar of California;

~ to offer informed comment and vigorous critique on the existing and proposed policies, rules, statutes, and procedures governing the discipline system;

~ to educate the profession and public about the discipline system and the realities of attorney misconduct;

~ to enhance the quality of advocacy by defense counsel before the State Bar and State Bar Court;

~ to work with the State Bar, local bar associations, and others to address the root causes of attorney misconduct.