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Megan Elizabeth Zavieh

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Megan Zavieh is a State Bar defense and ethics lawyer who offers both full and limited scope representation to attorneys facing disciplinary action.  Megan earned her J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) in 1999, graduating Order of the Coif.  After clerking for the Honorable Evan J. Wallach at the U.S. Court of International Trade in New York, she went on to practice securities litigation at three top firms in the New York area.  

Megan's practice focuses on California State Bar defense and general ethics.  She represents lawyers at all stages of State Bar investigation; her work includes drafting responses to letters of investigation, negotiating settlements with the State Bar, negotiating entry into the Lawyers Assistance Program/Alternate Discipline Program for attorneys suffering from addiction or mental illness, trying cases before the State Bar Court, and assisting in probation compliance for attorneys who have been sanctioned.  She also works as associated counsel with self-represented attorneys facing disciplinary charges -- a unique way to get assistance through the discipline system without the cost of full scope representation.  Attorneys retain her to prepare document productions and written responses to the Office of the Chief Trial Counsel and the State Bar Court.  


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Practice areas


  1. Ethics: 80%
  2. Litigation: 20%



Hourly ($300/hour), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Check, Credit card

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  • Eleanor Kay Southers

    I endorse this lawyer. I have worked for several years now with Megan at the CA State Bar Solo and Small Firm Executive Committee. Megan is a highly competent resourceful attorney who is willing to work hard and take leadership. I have referred matters to her with the knowledge that my referrals will receive great service. It would be hard to find a better attorney for personal but professional help with a legal matter within her areas of the law.


    Eleanor Southers
    Relationship: Worked together on matter


GAActive Member in Good Standing 201308/05/2016
NYCurrently registered 200107/10/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Order of the CoifUniversity of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law1999
American Jurisprudence AwardUniversity of California at Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall)1998
Prosser AwardUniversity of California at Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall)1998
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
California State Bar Defense AttorneyMegan Zavieh, Attorney-At-Law2010 - Present
Litigation Associate; Senior Staff AttorneyDechert LLP2005 - 2009
Litigation AssociateK&L Gates LLP2003 - 2005
Litigation AssociateSchulte Roth & Zabel LLP2001 - 2003
Judicial Law ClerkThe United States Court Of International Trade1999 - 2001
Association namePosition nameDuration
Association of Discipline Defense CounselSecond Vice President2016 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaVice Chair, Solo and Small Firm Section2013 - Present
Association of Discipline Defense CounselMember2013 - Present
Ecology Law QuarterlyAssociate Editor1998 - 1999
Berkeley Journal of International LawAssociate Editor1997 - 1998
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In re Member of California State BarNegotiated settlement with State Bar
In re Member of California State BarPostponed disbarment of attorney for 18 months beyond expected disbarment date
In re Member of California State BarInvestigation closed without charges
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Publication nameTitleDate
LawyeristWhy Lawyers Need to Stand By Apple2016
State Bar of California, Big NewsGetting Paid as a Solo Without Breaching the Ethics Rules2016
LawyeristLegal Competence in the Digital Age2015
Attorney at WorkRecovery After Bar Discipline2015
Attorneyatwork.comFive Ways to Improve Client Communication2013
The LawyeristResponding to an Ethics Complaint: A How-To Guide2013
The LawyeristMinimize the Risk of an Ethics Complaint2013
California Lawyer MagazineVirtual Law Down Under2012
Hedge Funds ReviewUncle Sam Is Watching You2006
Banking & Financial Services Policy ReviewCorporate Responsibility and Accounting Reform2002
Securities Law DevelopmentsSummary of Anti-Money Laundering Provisions of USA Patriot Act of 20012002
Review of Securities & Commodities RegulationThe Extraterritorial Application of United States Securities Laws to Punish Insider Trading2002
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1999
California State University, Humboldt State UniversityPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1996