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



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 the Arizona Attorney magazine

See 15 Years of Articles

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

Settlement Agreement Terms May Cause Ethical Trouble

November 2015: Defendants may have an incentive to ask for restrictions on plaintiffs and their lawyers. But practicalities aside, there can be ethical problems involved. Column

The No-Contact Rule and Former Employees

July/August 2015: We are fortunate in Arizona to have settled judicial authority on the subject of former employees, as well as an excellent and very recent law review article. Column

Clients with Diminished Capacity

June 2015: If we are dealing with a client with diminished capacity, we are allowed to take protective actions that may be directly opposed to the client's stated wishes. Column

Are You Still a Good Lawyer?

May 2015: You must understand what can happen to the lawyer who has not kept up with how the practice is changing. Column

Representing an Organization, Its Constituents

March 2015: Disclosure to the organizational client and its constituents of potential conflict issues is essential. Column

Impliedly Authorized Disclosures

January 2015: Lawyers must be mindful of confidentiality rules whenever they disclose information relating to representation. Column


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