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Fishkin & Slatter LLP

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1575 Treat BoulevardSuite 215Walnut Creek, CA 94598
Phones: 925-944-5600
Fax: 925-944-5432
admin@fishkinlaw.com / Jerome@fishkinlaw.com
Law Firm Overview

Jerome Fishkin and Lindsay Kohut Slatter defend attorneys facing State Bar investigation or discipline prosecution.  They provide ethics advice to lawyers and law firms in San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland, Walnut Creek and throughout California. They advise Bar applicants and law students in the moral character and fitness process. This includes Registered In House Counsel and lateral transfers. Detailed information is available at Fishkinlaw.com

Jerome Fishkin began his...

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Jerome Fishkin and Lindsay Kohut Slatter defend attorneys facing State Bar investigation or discipline prosecution.  They provide ethics advice to lawyers and law firms in San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland, Walnut Creek and throughout California. They advise Bar applicants and law students in the moral character and fitness process. This includes Registered In House Counsel and lateral transfers. Detailed information is available at Fishkinlaw.com

Jerome Fishkin began his general practice in 1971 and has appeared in nearly every courthouse in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, from the old Justice and Municipal Courts all the way to the Ninth Circuit. He represented clients in administrative hearings, civil, juvenile and criminal cases. In 1978, he became employed as a research attorney with the State Bar of California and became a prosecutor of disciplinary cases in 1983. He was senior prosecutor when he left the Bar in 1992 to open his own law practice, specializing in attorney ethics.

Lindsay Kohut Slatter began practicing law in 1976, as a plaintiff's attorney in Los Angeles. In 1980, she began practicing adoption law. Since 1990, she too, has specialized in attorney professional responsibility and attorney discipline.

Lindsay and Jerome became partners in 2006.  We continue to represent attorneys and law students.  We also continue to lecture at MCLE classes and write practical ethics articles for various attorney magazines.

Our best work results in closed investigations that are never public.  However, each one of us has been involved in high profile cases that resulted in changes in the law.  See "Representative Cases" below.

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Frequent Case Types
Practice Areas
Ethics & Professional Responsibility 100%
Litigation
30%
Honors
Community Leadership Award, Irwin Memorial Blood Bank, 1989AV Rated by Martindale - Hubbell
Published Works
Respecting Confidential Client Information, The Marin Lawyer, May, 2001In the Begining... Creation of the Attorney Client Relationship, CAOC Forum, April, 2000Duties to Opposing Parties, The San Francisco Attorney, February, 1999The Impaired Client, The San Francisco Attorney, October, 1999Special Contingency Fee Contracts, Charles Houston Bar Association News, May, 1999Ehtics: Common Traps in Representing Minors, California Lawyer, April, 1998Ehtics: More Traps in Representing Minors, California Lawyer, May, 1998Division of Fees in Contingency Cases, Charles Houston Bar Association News, April, 1997Division of Fees between Successive Attorneys, CAOC Forum, April, 1997Remedies for Conflicts of Interest, The San Francisco Attorney, June, 1995Getting Out Alive, The San Francisco Attorney, October 1992 and 1998Inheriting From Your Client - Is it Worth the Price?, The San Francisco Attorney, April, 1991Allocation of Fees When a Law Firm Splits Up, The San Francisco Attorney, October, 1986Ethics Liability for Commercial Aspects of the Practice of Law, The San Francisco Attorney, August, 1985A Pain in the Ads, The Verdict, 1994Disqualification: When Can You Sue a Former Client, The Verdict, 1994Court Awards of Attorney Fees, The Bottom Line, 1983; Los Angeles Daily Journal, 1982; Delivered to American Bar Association Litigation Committee, Syllabus at State Bar/California Judges Association Panel, 1981What's New in Lawyer Ethics, Charles Houston Bar Association News, February, 2000Bill & Coo, Daily Journal, Los Angeles & San Francisco, August 12, 1999Withdraw Bridge, Daily Journal, Los Angeles & San Francisco, May 20, 1999Ethics Liability for Acts and Ommisions of Partners, Legal Malpractice Report, Vol. 5, No. 1, 1996Web Sites Bring New Opportunities, San Francisco Attorney, October, 2001Breaking Cases in 2001, San Francisco Attorney, August, 2001New Statutes Govern Attorney Conduct, San Francisco Attorney, February, 2001Keeping Client Secrets, San Francisco Attorney, December, 2000How Do You Measure a Reasonable Fee?, San Francisco Attorney, October, 2000Resolving the Division of Fees Between Contingency Fee Attorneys, San Francisco Attorney, August, 2000Ethics on the Internet (co-author), San Francisco Attorney, April, 2000File Retention Considerations, San Francisco Attorney, June/July, 1999"Justifiable Cause" and Other Cases, San Francisco Attorney, February, 1999Interviewing Employees of the Other Side, San Francisco Attorney, June, 1998Majority Votes in Client Settlements, San Francisco Attorney, June, 1997Attorney-Client Fee Contracts, San Francisco Attorney, August, 1993Duties to Opposing Parties and Counsel, The Verdict, Winter, 2002Interviewing Employees of the Other Side, The Verdict, Spring, 2001New Laws Restrict Attorney Conduct, Various, 1993, 1994
Classes and Seminars
MCLE Panel, San Francisco Trial Lawyers, 1992 - 1997
MCLE Panel, State Bar Court, 1997
Ethics Panels, San Francisco Bar Association 1987, 1988, 1989, 1994, 1999
MCLE Panel, State Bar of California, 1992
MCLE Panel, Los Angeles Trial Lawyers 1992, 1993
MCLE Panel, San Francisco Public Defender's Office, 1995
MCLE Panel, California Society for Healthcare Attorneys, 1994
MCLE Panel, San Mateo County Bar Business Law Section, 1994
MCLE Panel, American Inn of Court, 1994
MCLE Panel, Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1994
MCLE Panel, Association of Legal Administrators, 1994
MCLE Panel, Alameda County Bar Solo Practice Section, 1994
MCLE Panel, Practicing Law Institute 1994, 1995
MCLE Panel, San Francisco Lawyers Club, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995
MCLE Panel, Consumer Attorneys of California, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003
MCLE Panel, BASF Barristers Club, 2003
MCLE Panel, Santa Clara Bar Association, 2003
MCLE Panel, Lawyers Club of San Francisco, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003
MCLE Panels, Legal Incite, 2000, 2002
Moot Court, University of San Francisco, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2002
MCLE Panel, AILA (American Immigrant Lawyers Association, 2001
MCLE Panel, Yolo County Bar, 2002
MCLE Panel, Bar Association of San Francisco, 2002
MCLE Panel, Sunnyvale-Cupertino Bar Association, 2002
MCLE Panel, Law Seminars International, 2002
MCLE Panel, Business Law Section of the Sacramento County Bar, 2001
MCLE Panel, Earl Warren Chapter, Inns of Court, 2001
MCLE Panel, Eminent Domain Attorneys, 2001
MCLE Panel, Golden Gate University Intellectual Property Conference, 2001
MCLE Panel, Lorman Education Services, 2000, 2001
MCLE Panel, Alameda/Contra Costa Trial Lawyers, 2000
MCLE Panel, Charles Houston Bar Association, 2000
MCLE Panel, CLE International, 2000
MCLE Panel, Legal Malpractice Association of the the BASF, 2000
MCLE Panel, San Mateo County Bar Association, Probate Committee, 2000
Bridging the Gap, BASF Barristers Club, 2000
MCLE Panel, Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, 1999
MCLE Panel, Berkeley-Albany Bar Association, 1999
MCLE Panel, California Applicants' Attorneys Association, San Francisco Chapter, 1999
MCLE Panel, Ethics Committee, BASF, 1999
MCLE Panel, Litigation Section, BASF, 1999
MCLE Panel, American Bar Association, Attorney Liability Subcommittee, 1999
MCLE Panel, McGeorge School of Law, 1995, 1997, 1999
MCLE Panel, National Business Institute, 1999
San Francisco Legal Secretaries Association, 1999
Ethics Classes, McGeorge School of Law, 1999
MCLE Panel, Attorney's Probate Association, 1998
MCLE Panel, Center for Continuing Education, 1998
MCLE Panel, Queen's Bench, 1998
MCLE Panel, Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom, 1996, 1997
MCLE Panel, California Employment Lawyers Association, 1997
MCLE Panel, State Bar Court, 1996, 1997
MCLE Panel, Bay Area Intellectual Lawyers Inn of Court, 1996
MCLE Panel, Contra Costa County Bar Association, Real Estate Section, 1996
MCLE Panel, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, 1995
Ethics Class, Hastings College of Law, 1996
Ethics Class, University of San Francisco, 1996
MCLE Panel, Practising Law Institute, 1994, 1995
MCLE Panel, University of San Francisco School of Law, 1995
MCLE Panel, Edward J. McFetridge American Inn of Court, 1994
MCLE Panel, San Francisco Bar, Real Property Section, 1994
MCLE Panel, PEN/CLE, 1993
MCLE Panel, North San Mateo Bar Association, 1992
MCLE Panel, San Francisco Law School, 1992
Pro Bono Activities
Bar Association of San Francisco, Chair Blood Drive Committee, 1991 - 1994Bar Association of San Francisco, Member, Blood Drive Committee, 1985 - 1994Continuing Education of the Bar, Consultant on Litigation Ethics, 1994 - 1996Member, Publicity Committee, Lowell High School PTSA, 1992 - 1994Legal Ethics Advisor, San Francisco Aids Legal Referral Panel (ALSP), 1999 - Present Silicon Valley Pro Bono Project, 2003
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Tricia Hoekwater, Office Manager
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Address
1575 Treat BoulevardSuite 215Walnut Creek, CA 94598
Phone
925-944-5600
Fax
925-944-5432
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