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Attorney Ethics & Disciplinary Counsel
Consultant in Seattle, Washington

Legal professionals hold a position of trust and authority, which is why maintaining the highest ethical standards is not just a requirement but a foundational aspect of legal practice.

Allegations of professional misconduct or ethical violations can severely impact an attorney's career, reputation, and ability to practice law. If you're facing allegations, you already understand the gravity of the situation and recognize that defending your career and reputation is essential. 

Remember that your rights, your professional standing, and your future deserve a vigorous defense.  

Therefore, the approach goes beyond mere representation. Carney & Marchi, P.S. offers both strategic defense and comprehensive advice, tailored to the unique circumstances of each case.

An attorney ethics & disciplinary counsel consultant does more than stand by the client's side in hearings or investigations; they equip clients with the knowledge and strategies needed to address the issues head-on, ensuring that every decision is informed and every action is deliberate.  

Carney & Marchi, P.S. not only defends clients but also empowers them through challenging times with expert advice and advocacy. For support, get in touch today. Carney & Marchi, P.S. is here for you.  

The Importance of Additional Legal Support   

Facing an ethics investigation or disciplinary action can feel isolating, but these challenges do not have to derail one's career. Skilled representation is essential, both to navigate the immediate case needs and to safeguard your future. An experienced ethics and disciplinary counsel consultant can make a significant difference in achieving a favorable resolution.

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About the Firm 

One of the partners at Carney & Marchi, P.S., Michele Carney, provides confidential consultations on ethics and discipline issues affecting Washington lawyers, particularly in the area of immigration practice.  

Ms. Carney has been the national Ethics Chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and also has Chaired the Disciplinary Board of the Washington State Bar Association. She's on the Committee of Professional Ethics and Character & Fitness Board of the Washington State Bar Association. Ms. Carney is a frequent speaker at national conferences in the area of ethics. With her experience, clients can be confident in receiving the support they need.  

Serving the Seattle area, Carney & Marchi, P.S. offers specialized consultancy for attorneys under scrutiny by the Office of Disciplinary Counsel (ODC) or facing ethical inquiries. With a profound understanding of the rules of professional conduct and the intricacies of legal ethics, the firm is dedicated to supporting peers in the legal community. 

Services Provided 

Carney & Marchi, P.S. provides comprehensive support and defense in various contexts related to attorney ethics, including but not limited to: 

  • Allegations of Professional Misconduct: Defending lawyers against claims of ethics violations and professional misconduct. 

  • Disciplinary Proceedings: Providing strategic defense in disciplinary hearings before regulatory bodies. 

  • Ethics Consultation: Offering preemptive guidance to attorneys on ethical dilemmas and compliance with professional standards. 

  • Reinstatement and Appeals: Assisting with the reinstatement process for attorneys seeking to return to practice after suspension or disbarment, as well as handling appeals of disciplinary actions. 

Carney & Marchi, P.S.'s approach is personalized, recognizing that each attorney’s situation is unique. The firm emphasizes the importance of immediate, proactive measures to address allegations head-on, aiming for resolutions that preserve clients' legal careers. 

Going Through the Disciplinary Process 

The process following an allegation of professional misconduct involves several key stages, from the initial complaint to the final resolution. These stages may include: 

  1. Initial Complaint: Receipt of a complaint by the regulatory authority, prompting an investigation. 

  1. Response to the Complaint: Submitting a comprehensive and strategic response to the allegations. 

  1. Investigation: A detailed examination of the allegations, including document review and interviews. 

  1. Formal Proceedings: If necessary, participate in formal hearings before a disciplinary board or committee. 

  1. Resolution: Reaching a resolution, which may range from dismissal of the charges to disciplinary actions like censure, suspension, or disbarment. 

Your defense strategy should be as varied as your case, and Attorney Carney offers a neutral, third-party attention, tailored to address the specific allegations and circumstances of each client. Key defense strategies may include demonstrating compliance with professional standards, mitigating factors, lack of intent, or remedial actions taken by the attorney. 

Aiding Your Professional Journey 

Regardless of the nature or stage of the allegations against you, Carney & Marchi, P.S. is committed to providing the legal profession with dignified, strategic, and effective defense services. The goal is to protect your right to practice, your professional reputation, and your future prospects within the legal community. 

Ethics & Disciplinary Counsel Consultant in Seattle, Washington

Facing disciplinary action or ethics allegations can be daunting, but you do not have to face it alone. The attorneys at Carney & Marchi, P.S. have the knowledge and experience to support you through this. In challenging times, an informed and strategic defense is the best ally. Take a decisive step towards protecting your career and standing in the legal community. Contact Carney & Marchi, P.S. today to discuss your case and learn how the firm can assist in navigating the complexities of attorney ethics and disciplinary proceedings.