Carole J. Buckner, Ethics Lawyer California
AboutCarole is an AV Peer Review Rated sole practitioner admitted to the California State Bar in 1984. She holds a BA from the University of California at Berkeley (1980) and a JD from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco (1984). She is available for consulting and legal advice in the field of legal ethics and issues involving professional responsibility, and the law of lawyering. Carole’s background combines real world law practice experience with an in-depth knowledge of ethics. From her experience as a partner in private law firms (Berger, Kahn et al., and Pettis, Tester, et al.), Carole appreciates how ethics issues arise in a private practice. With her background as a litigator handling business, real estate, and employment matters from the inception of her practice with Rutan & Tucker, Carole takes a practical, realistic approach to common ethics dilemmas arising in connection with litigation. Her experience working as in-house counsel at Amplicon, Inc. and California First National Bank Corp., a publicly traded company, provides her with insight into commonsense approaches to ethics issues faced by corporate counsel. As a former federal prosecutor, she is also intimately familiar with ethical issues encountered in the criminal arena.
- Dean, St. Francis School of Law
- President, Buckner Law Corp.
- Former Chair, LACBA Professional Responsibility Ethics Committee
- Co-Chair, OCBA Professionalism & Ethics Committee
- Former Chair, California State Bar Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct
- Former Federal Prosecutor, Office of Inspector General, USPS
- Contributing Editor, Ethically Speaking column, OC Lawyer Magazine
- Peer Rating 5/5.0 AV®Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell
Carole J. Buckner provides legal advice regarding all areas of legal ethics and professional responsibility, including conflicts of interest, legal fees and billing, unauthorized practice of law, confidentiality, and lawyer advertising.
Legal Ethics Advice
Conflicts of Interest
Ethics and Social Media
Client Trust Accounting
Unauthorized Practice of Law
Law School Dean
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- Sarah Jane Hughes has published an important new article on cloud computing and legal ethics, written from the perspective of the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct. Because California’s ethics rules have not yet had the benefit of an update to take changes in technology into consideration, the ABA Model Rules, including comments to tho...
- Are communications between general counsel or claims counsel for a law firm and the lawyers in the firm protected by the attorney client privilege where a former client seeks them in discovery in a malpractice action? The answer, according to a recent California case, depends on several factors including the roles of the attorneys as...
- Legal ethics issues arise in a number of cloud computing applications. A primary consideration is the ethical duty of confidentiality. What is appropriate depends on many factors including the type of legal matter and sensitivity of the information. An additional ethical consideration is the duty of competence. With the risk of data breach incr...