David D. Dodge, Attorney and Legal Ethics Expert

David D. Dodge



AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell


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




David D. Dodge, Esq.

Practice Areas

Expert Witness in Matters Involving Legal Ethics and Standard of Care


J.D., University of Michigan Law School, 1965

A.B., Princeton University, 1960

Peer Recognition

“Lawyer of the Year” (Phoenix), Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law, The Best Lawyers in America®, 2012, 2015, 2019

The Best Lawyers in America, 2011-present

AV Preeminent® Rating, Martindale-Hubbell®, 1978-present

Arizona's Finest Lawyers

Professional Associations

American Bar Association: Member, Center for Professional Responsibility

State Bar of Arizona: Past Co-Chair (2013-2016), Member Assistance Committee

Ohio State Bar Association

Arizona Supreme Court: Past chair, Disciplinary Commission

Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers

Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education

Maricopa County Bar Association

Published Articles

Monthly columnist (“Eye on Ethics”) for the Arizona Attorney magazine (State Bar of Arizona) on matters concerning ethics and professional liability

Community Involvement

The Phoenix Chorale: Past Member, Board of Directors

The University Club of Phoenix: Past President

Camelback East Village Planning Committee: Former Member

Arcadia/Camelback Mountain Neighborhood Association: Past President

Princeton Alumni Association of Northern Arizona: Past President

Princeton University Alumni Council: Former Executive Committee Member

Princeton University McLean Society: Member

The Hill School, Pottstown, Pennsylvania: Former Member, Board of Trustees

Court Admissions

Admitted to practice in all Arizona courts, as well as all federal courts situated in the District of Arizona, the Southern District of Ohio, the Eastern District of Kentucky, and the Sixth and Ninth U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals.

Military Service

United States Army, 1960-1968: Captain, Field Artillery

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. Over the years, he has lectured 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 reputation among Phoenix-area attorneys is exemplified by his three-time selection (2012, 2015 and 2019) by The Best Lawyers in America as the Phoenix “Lawyer of the Year” in Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law. The selection is based on Best Lawyers’ annual peer review survey.