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


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

See 20 Years of Columns and Articles

Are We Finally Finished With the Unfinished Business Rule?

March 2021: The fees generated from the continuing work for the firm’s former clients belong to the firm, and the partner who does the work simply gets what she would have received as if the firm had kept operating. Column

State Bar Inquiries Not to Be Taken Lightly

February 2021: Failure to cooperate with Bar Counsel, or to furnish records, files and accounts, is considered grounds for discipline. Column

Don't Impair Your Client's Right to Fire You

January 2021: Mistakes in wording your engagement letter can undermine your ability to collect from a client who terminates your relationship. Column


The No-Contact Rule Revisited

December 2020: The rule applies even if it's the represented party who initiates the contact or otherwise consents to the communication. Column

Your Ethical Duties: Dealing with an Impaired Lawyer in Your Firm

September 2020: The kind of impairment that you need to be concerned with is that which “materially” impairs the lawyer’s ability to represent the client. Some impairments can be accommodated. Full Article

Serving as a Mediator or Arbitrator

June 2020: Determine who in your firm is presently serving or who has recently served as a mediator, arbitrator or third-party neutral in a matter, and put the names of the parties involved into your firm's conflict system. Column

Don’t Impair Your Client’s Right to Fire You

May 2020: Mistakes in how you word your engagement letter can leave you empty-handed if your client terminates the representation. Column

Changes in the Wind for Law Practice

April 2020: The public could be offered a wide range of legal help without having to see (and pay for) a lawyer. 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

Lawyers Changing Firms: An Update

March 2020: The unfortunate truth is that not all law firm departures can be described as tearful farewells. Column

Positional Conflicts Revisited

January 2020: May a lawyer take opposite positions for several current clients in front of the same judge in the same case? Column

A Joint Client Retracts Previously Given Consent

December 2019: Continuing representation of non-revoking clients is not prohibited per se but is subject to other considerations. Column

Information You Must Give Joint Clients

November 2019: Multiple representations are a prime source of claims for breach of fiduciary duty and malpractice. Column


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