State Bar of California Ethics Opinions

Los Angeles County Bar Ethics Opinions

  • LA 514: Ethical Issues Involving Lawyer and Judicial Participation in Listserv Communications (August 2005)
  • LA 525: Ethical Duties of Lawyers in Connection with Adverse Comments Published by a Former Client

Orange County Bar Ethics Opinions

  • OCBA 2005-01: File Transfer and Work Product Rules Applicable to Electronic Files

San Diego County Bar Ethics Opinions

  • SD 2006-1: Electronic communication technology revolution via computer networks and new opportunities for public access to legal services and for lawyers and law firms
  • SD 2011-2: Has an attorney violated his ethical obligations by making an ex parte “friend” request to a represented party?
  • SD 2012-1: What conditions, consistent with the California Rules of Professional Conduct and the State Bar Act, must an attorney meet to represent a client in litigation when that client regularly transmits and stores information digitally, including by email?

San Francisco County Bar Ethics Opinions

  • SF 2014-1: May an attorney respond to a negative online review by a former client alleging incompetence but not disclosing any confidential information where the former client's matter has concluded?  If so, may the attorney reveal confidential information in providing such a response?  Does the analysis change if the former client's matter has not concluded?

Other Ethics Committee and Other Advisory Opinions