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David D. Dodge  

David D. Dodge



David Dodge: Named by Best Lawyers® as the 2015 "Lawyer of the Year" (Phoenix) for Ethics
and Professional Responsibility Law


Arizona Expert Witness in Legal Ethics and Standard of Care Matters

As one of Arizona’s most recognized and valued resources in the area of professional responsibility for lawyers, David D. Dodge gives expert testimony and advice on legal ethics and standard of care issues. In association with attorney Denise M. Quinterri (, he also consults with lawyers charged with ethical and disciplinary offenses.

David Dodge has practiced law since 1965 – first in Cincinnati and, since 1981, in Phoenix – focusing on civil litigation, legal ethics and professional responsibility. His work in the area of legal ethics and professional responsibility began in 1978, when he was appointed to serve on the Grievance Committee of the Cincinnati Bar Association. In that capacity, he investigated and heard complaints against lawyers practicing in surrounding Hamilton County, Ohio, and represented the Cincinnati Bar Association in appeals by sanctioned lawyers to the Ohio Supreme Court.

After relocating his practice to Phoenix, David Dodge served as volunteer Bar Counsel and as an alternate hearing officer for the State Bar of Arizona. In the mid-1980s he was appointed to one of the State Bar's hearing committees, eventually becoming the chairman of Hearing Committee 1J.

In 1994, he was appointed to the Disciplinary Commission of the Arizona Supreme Court, the lawyer regulation equivalent of the court of appeals from decisions made by hearing committees, hearing officers, Bar counsel and Probable Cause panelists. He served on the Disciplinary Commission for the full terms allowed, including a term as chairman, until 2000. During that time, he reviewed and participated in approximately 400 disciplinary matters.

David Dodge is a monthly columnist on legal ethics and professional responsibility for the Arizona Attorney magazine, published by the State Bar of Arizona. He also lectures several times a year at ethics and professionalism seminars sponsored by local lawyers' groups (such as the Arizona Trial Lawyers Association), local bar associations (including the Maricopa County Bar Association), the State Bar of Arizona and national continuing legal education providers, such as the Washington and Oregon CLE Forum, National Business Institute and Lorman Educational programs.


David Dodge's "Eye on Ethics" column appears regularly in Arizona Attorney magazine
See 14 Years of Articles

Representing an Organization, Its Constituents

March 2015: Disclosure to the organizational client and its constituents of potential conflict issues is essential (Full article)

Impliedly Authorized Disclosures

January 2015: Lawyers must be mindful of confidentiality rules whenever they disclose information relating to representation (Full article)

Client Consent, Informed and Otherwise

November 2014: Client consent is required to be evidenced in several differing ways, and it is important to understand the appropriate form for each situation (Full article)

Unfinished Business, Migrating Lawyers

July 2014: Can a bankruptcy trustee “claw back” profits from partners who jumped ship? (Full article)

Joint Defense Agreements

June 2014: An Arizona case shows what can happen when a joint defense agreement doesn't adequately plan for readily foreseeable events. (Full article)

Multiple Law Firm Affiliations

April 2014: As the profession takes on more of the trappings of the business world, the Rules of Professional Conduct are still the starting point. (Full article)

Web-Based Client Reviews

January 2014: Life as a lawyer got more complicated with the advent of social media, where prospective clients (and anybody else) can post and read comments about you, pro and con. (Full article)

Ethics and the Aging Lawyer

November 2013: Impairment for the aging professional often comes slowly, and it's sometimes too late before anything is discovered and effectively addressed. (Full article)

On Screening

September 2013: Screening is now one of the more important considerations involved when lawyers in private practice move between firms. (Full article)

Confidences of Prospective Clients

July 2013: There are duties of confidentiality about what a prospective client tells you that linger even after that person decides to hire someone else. (Full article)

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