David D. Dodge, Attorney and Legal Ethics Expert

Expert Witness in Legal Ethics and Standard of Care Matters: David Dodge is one of Arizona's most respected authorities on professional responsibility for lawyers

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David D. Dodge  

David D. Dodge


Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year"


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


In 2017, Martindale-Hubbell® recognized David Dodge for 40 consecutive years of AV Preeminent® ratings


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 the Arizona Attorney magazine

See 17 Years of Articles

What Happens When Hired Guns Misfire

March 2017: An Expert Witness Guide to Liabilities, Privileges and Immunities. Full article

Fee-Splitting & Avvo

February 2017: The ethics opinions concerning the Avvo business model have generated considerable commentary on both sides of the issue. To be forewarned is to be forearmed. Column

Legal Ethics and the Impaired Lawyer

January 2017: Impairment can affect every aspect of a lawyer's practice, including relations with the courts and third parties. Column

Referral Fees and Conflicts of Interest

November 2016: Be careful before seeking a referral fee for sending a case to another lawyer. The price for the peace you gain may be the inability to share fees. Column

Sharing Fees, Unintended Consequences

October 2016: A referring lawyer can't "sit on his hands" and count on the receiving lawyer to meet the requirements of the fee-sharing rule. Column

Derivative Liability Revisited

September 2016: We need to be mindful of our ethical duties to persons who are not our clients. Column

LinkedIn and Arizona's Lawyer Advertising Rules

June 2016: Lawyers should ensure that their LinkedIn page is not false or misleading as defined in Arizona’s ER 7.1. Column

Lawyer Succession Planning Now Mandatory

May 2016: Obligations of competence, diligence and safekeeping clients’ property are now considered to outlive the lawyer. Column

Ethical Pitfalls for Expert Witnesses and the Lawyers  Who Retain Them

March 2016: It is essential that testifying experts fully understand the rules that govern lawyers, especially rules dealing with confidential communications and conflicts of interest. Full article

Do Our Advertising Rules Need an Upgrade?

February 2016: How do the Internet and social media fit within rules that worked 30 years ago for mailers, billboards, TV and radio ads? Column

Returning Client Files: Another Look

January 2016: Thoughts written on the back of a napkin or on a whiteboard should not normally need to be preserved. Column

No-Solicitation Rules Alive, Well at Legal Seminars

December 2015: A recent ethics opinion from Ohio concerning the solicitation of potential clients at legal seminars has drawn considerable comment, not all of it complimentary. Column


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