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Ethics Guidance for Attorneys

Informal Ethics Guidance.

As a service to members of the bar, informal guidance on active and pending ethics issues may be provided by bar counsel or counsel’s designees. Such guidance is generally based on unverified information under informal circumstances and assumes that the facts as related are all true and accurate. Informal guidance has no binding legal effect on Courts, the Ethics Committee, the Disciplinary Board or the Board of Governors and cannot be used as evidence in any legal or administrative proceeding. It is intended to provide practical, real-time guidance to practitioners faced with ethics issues. It is not a substitute for an attorney’s duty to be aware of the Rules of Professional Conduct requirements. However, it may be used as a defense or in mitigation of any subsequent ethical action involving the same facts.

Call Bar Counsel Phil Shanahan at 907-272-7469 (fax: 907-272-2932) for informal ethics guidance — get some direction the minute you suspect a problem.

You may also call Kevin Cuddy, Chair, Bar Ethics Committee at 907-277-1900, or an experienced lawyer in your practice area to discuss an ethics question.

View the Alaska Bar Adopted Ethics Opinions.

Additional Resources: (listed alphabetically)

Mark J. Fucile

Fucile & Reising LLP

Portland Union Station

800 NW 6th Ave., Ste. 211

Portland, OR 97209-3783

Phone: 503-224-4895



Peter R. Jarvis

Holland & Knight LLP

2300 U.S. Bancorp Tower

111 S.W. Fifth Avenue

Portland, OR 97204

(503) 243-5877

Arthur J. Lachman

P.O. Box 65261

Seattle WA 98155-9261

Phone: 206-295-7667



Professor John A. Strait

Seattle University School of Law

901 12th Ave

Seattle WA 98112-4411

Phone: 206-398-4027


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