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 Dodge: Named by Best Lawyers® as the 2019 "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

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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 has lectured at ethics and professional seminars.


David Dodge’s “Eye on Ethics” column appears regularly in the Arizona Attorney magazine

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Positional Conflicts of Interest

February 2019: Traditionally, "positional" conflicts didn't get much attention. It was just something lawyers did. Column

Ethics and the Bill O'Reilly Settlement Agreement

January 2019: The terms of the confidential settlement agreement could be the basis for the final exam in the legal ethics course. Column

Another Reason Not to Misbehave at the Courthouse

November 2018: Court-ordered disqualification of a lawyer can result in embarrassment, financial loss and even malpractice liability. Column

Ethical Rules Violations and Malpractice

October 2018: Standard of care cases are those where a lawyer’s competence and diligence are usually at issue. Column

New Rules Make Changing Firms a Little Easier

September 2018: When a lawyer moves between firms, the migrating lawyer and the new firm have separate obligations to protect their clients. Column

Information Learned in the Representation of a Current Client

June 2018: This column discusses a lawyer’s “use” of information relating to a representation that may be regarded as being to the “disadvantage” of the affected client. Column

When a Client Shows Up as a Witness for the Other Side

March 2018: What can you do if you are confronted with a genuine conflict of interest between the litigant and the witness and you can’t get both of them to consent? Column

When Does a Prospective Client Become the Real Thing?

January 2018: The distinction between a person being held to be a former client or as a former prospective client can result in important consequences for a law firm. Full article

Profit-Sharing, Ethics and Employee Compensation

November 2017: It isn't hard to "bonus" non-lawyer employees as long as any amount paid is based on all-over firm profitability and not on the amount of a single fee. Full article

Moving Between Government and Private Practice

October 2017: The government doesn’t want a “side-switcher” using knowledge about the government’s case when a former employee becomes a lawyer in a firm representing the government’s opponent. Full article

Fake News, Alternative Facts, Legal Ethics

September 2017: ER 8.4 states that it is professional misconduct for a lawyer to "engage in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation." Full article


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