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Megan Elizabeth Zavieh

Ethics and professional responsibility Attorney at West Hollywood, CA

5.0   19 reviews
  • State Years
    Georgia - GA 10 years
    New Jersey - NJ 18 years
    New York - NY 22 years
    California - CA 24 years
  • Licensed for 10 years
    State GA
    Acquired 2013
    Status
    Active Member in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 2005
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 22 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2001
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1999
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Megan

Learn Megan’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Ethics and professional responsibility
    95%
    California State Bar defense, General Ethics Law

  2. Litigation
    5%

Megan Zavieh is the creator of The Playbook: The California Bar Discipline System Practice Guide. Her practice is 100% focused on California State Bar defense. Megan believes that no attorney should face the discipline system without an ally, and that ally should not judge or use fear to motivate her client.

Megan is immersed in the world of legal ethics.  She has recently served on the board of the Association of Discipline Defense Counsel (a trade association of state bar defense lawyers in California), is a member of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (a national organization of ethics lawyers), and the Immediate Past Chair of the Solo and Small Firm Section of the State Bar of California.  Megan writes for Lawyerist and Attorney at Work on ethics issues.

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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Location

Zavieh Law
8605 Santa Monica Blvd #55413
West Hollywood, CA, 90069-4109
Zavieh Law
548 Market St #55413
San Francisco, CA, 94104-5401
Megan Elizabeth Zavieh
12460 Crabapple Rd.
Suite. 202-272
Alpharetta, GA, 30004
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Reviews

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Posted by Premkiran | July 1, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent!
I had a consult with Attorney Zavieh. I left confident and positive knowing that I was on the right track. She is very helpful and answered all my questions to my satisfaction. I would not hesitate to consult with and I would recommend Zavieh Law to anyone.
Posted by anonymous | August 9, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Heaven sent
Megan is a guardian angel. No one likes getting correspondence from the hand that feeds them, but when that time comes, it is so reassuring that people like Megan exist. Of the 5-6 attorneys I consulted, Megan was the ONLY one to care about my story. First thing she asked: “what happened?” It felt liberating to be able to tell my story. From there, she helped me come up with simple solutions. All while SHE WAS ON VACATION!!! I am so so thankful I found Megan and I will be referring everyone to her.
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Posted by anonymous | January 18, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Highly recommend
I consulted with Megan ahead of filling out my moral character application for the CA bar. I had several specific questions that Megan quickly and expertly answered without judgment. She was direct, knowledgeable, kind, and put my mind at ease. I will absolutely work with Megan again if any further questions or issues arise in the bar application process or throughout my career!
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Posted by Asif Arif | September 20, 2021
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| Consulted Attorney
Consultation before an informal conference
I consulted with Megan about my informal conference. She is kind, approached the file diligently and competently, she look into all the files that I send over and gave me fundamental tips. Her fee is moderate and she is a professional that you must talk with before stepping in the complexity of moral and character determination. Thanks Megan.
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Posted by anonymous | January 14, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Attorney Applicant CA Bar
I am a licensed attorney that sat for and passed the CA Bar after 25 years licensed in another state. The exam, however, turned out to be much easier than explaining each and every misstep in 51 years of life. I retained Megan on the Bar's 2nd inquiry which consisted of nearly 20 sections with sub-sections. Megan was instrumental in assisting me in providing complete responses. While the Bar asked for no further explanation regarding the 2nd round responses, it did want 8 additional questions with sub-questions answered. Again, Megan provided exactly the counsel I required. I was notified today, after 18 months, that I had been cleared to practice in CA. Thank you Megan!
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Posted by anonymous | January 12, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Attorney Zavieh is an empathetic and committed advocate.
I consulted Attorney Zavieh regarding an issue with which I had no prior experience. She provided clear, helpful advice and empathetic counseling. She is a committed advocate and was generous with her time and care.
Posted by anonymous | January 12, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Compassionate, Knowledgeable, Solutions-Minded
I contacted Megan about a situation where I missed a change in law that could substantially affected my client's rights. Megan was not judgmental, but was compassionate. She had already researched the issue I had submitted in the intake form and learned things about it that even I was unaware of. She gave very credible advice and solution proposals. I highly recommend any attorney in a similar situation and any attorney applicant dealing with State Bar issues to contact Megan.
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Posted by Anthony | March 24, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best defense you can have
Megan was nothing less than a savior for me when facing politically motivated bar charges that were entirely without merit. She believed in my defense and demonstrated a high level of knowledge and skill, and brought a great deal of passion to bear against an outmatched prosecutor. I give her the highest recommendation to any attorney facing discipline.
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Posted by anonymous | February 8, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Uncertainty removed
Megan gave me a great sense of what the Bar is looking for in response to their questions. She kept focused on how I could improve my response, and in no way judged me. She is a lawyer worthy to be called "Counsel", and a bargain. Thank you, Megan!
Posted by Laura | January 16, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Every Attorney Should Be Proactive and Consult with Megan
Megan is an outstanding attorney who is the best in her field. I learned a lot from her at her ethics presentation, and she is an invaluable resource for helping me ensure our law firm remains compliant with all applicable rules at all times. Thanks to her proactive advice I can feel confident that we will never need her for a complaint! I highly recommend that any attorney who wants to ensure they are meeting their moral and ethical obligations to their clients at all times seeks Megan’s wisdom and guidance.
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Posted by anonymous | September 10, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
So Reassuring
I contacted Megan’s office frantically 3 days before a response was due with the CA State Bar. Megan scheduled a time with me outside the range of her availability which I so appreciated. Megan is very knowlegeable and I cannot wait to report back once this ordeal is over with!
Posted by anonymous | May 15, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
Megan is amazing. She walked me through every step of the way and made me feel comfortable during a really uncomfortable time. Her writing is extremely impressive-she was able to tease out all the nuance I needed and present the facts in such a clear, concise and compelling manner. I can't say enough good things about Megan.
Posted by Marie | April 19, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Hire Megan - She won for me & she's kind & knowledgeable!
I'm an specialist attorney so I'm held to a higher standard by the State Bar. When a disgruntled client lodged an ethics complaint, I freaked out. Megan was there for me right away (I love her online scheduling). She calmly and knowledgeably walked me through the process of what to expect and explained her strategy of how we could fight. I got her the documents she needed and she put together a response. I just found out that the investigation was closed! I'm so grateful and relieved for this outcome. It was fast and so much easier than I expected. Having Megan on my side helps me stay focused on winning for my clients for the area of that I want to focus on. :) Thanks Megan!
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Posted by Gil | April 11, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
AMAZING ATTORNEY
Megan went above any beyond what I expected. She has the qualities that you want for an attorney - not only is she intelligent, knowledgeable, and talented, but she is understanding, makes herself available to your specific needs, and truly cares about you as her client and as a human being. I recommend her as an attorney for anyone who is facing State Bar disciplinary action and I do not make such recommendations lightly. She was encouraging, willing to work with my budget, responsive to my questions and concerns, and an amazing writer. Again, if you are looking for a great attorney that will have your back and put up an amazing defense, look no further than Megan Zavieh!
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Posted by anonymous | February 4, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
I'm a big fan!
I'm a huge fan of this lawyer. She provided me with an excellent resource where I found a wonderful lawyer that has really helped my family along thus far. Megan is wonderful & kind not to mention she has this really great podcast called, "Lawyers Gone Ethical". LOVE it. The world would be a better place if there were more lawyers like Megan.
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Posted by Jonah | November 18, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommended
I hired Megan when I received a State Bar Complaint. (Yes, this can happen to good attorneys who practice ethically as well). Throughout the process, she was very professional, insightful, knowledgeable, responsive, and hard working. At the end of the process, I was happy to volunteer to pay her more than her invoiced amount. (She is worth more than her hourly). And, the State Bar did not take any action on me.
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Response from Megan Zavieh December 14, 2016
Thank you, Jonah! You are right -- State Bar complaints are filed against good, honest, ethical lawyers every day. Receiving one does not mean you have done something wrong, only that you have to explain why your actions were the correct and ethical ones. Thank you for trusting me with your case.
Posted by Thomas | March 4, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Gets it done!
Ms. Zavieh has represented me and has done a superb job. She cared about my situation rather than billable hours, in fact I know that she incurred more hours than she billed me for. I would not hesitate to hire Ms. Zavieh for any future issues and neither should you.
Posted by Sean | March 4, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Megan is an angel.
She is smart, competent, more importantly kind and humble. She is simply the best. She did an excellent job for me. I am an attorney too. I would recommend her to anyone.
Posted by anonymous | September 20, 2013
Knowledgable, professional, excellent ethics attorney
I cannot speak highly enough of Ms. Zavieh. She offers a wealth of knowledge about legal ethics, but what really sets her apart is her professionalism, attention to detail, efficiency and obvious passion for her work. Too many attorneys give the profession a bad name. Ms. Zavieh is the epitome of what every attorney should strive to be.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 450-450 per hour
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • California State Bar Defense Attorney
  • Megan Zavieh, Attorney-At-Law
  • 2010 - Present
  • Litigation Associate; Senior Staff Attorney
  • Dechert LLP
  • 2005 - 2009
  • Litigation Associate
  • K&L Gates LLP
  • 2003 - 2005
  • Litigation Associate
  • Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP
  • 2001 - 2003
  • Judicial Law Clerk
  • The United States Court Of International Trade
  • 1999 - 2001
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Education

  • University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law
  • JD
  • 1999
  • California State University, Humboldt State University
  • BA
  • 1996

Sample of Legal Cases

  • In re Member of California State Bar
  • Investigation closed without charges
  • In re Member of California State Bar
  • Postponed disbarment of attorney for 18 months beyond expected disbarment date
  • In re Member of California State Bar
  • Negotiated settlement with State Bar

Associations

  • Association of Discipline Defense Counsel
  • Second Vice President
  • 2016 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Vice Chair, Solo and Small Firm Section
  • 2013 - Present
  • Association of Discipline Defense Counsel
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Ecology Law Quarterly
  • Associate Editor
  • 1998 - 1999
  • Berkeley Journal of International Law
  • Associate Editor
  • 1997 - 1998
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Order of the Coif
  • University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law
  • 1999
  • American Jurisprudence Award
  • University of California at Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall)
  • 1998
  • Prosser Award
  • University of California at Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall)
  • 1998

Publications

  • State Bar of California, Big News
  • Getting Paid as a Solo Without Breaching the Ethics Rules
  • 2016
  • California Lawyer Magazine
  • Virtual Law Down Under
  • 2012
  • Hedge Funds Review
  • Uncle Sam Is Watching You
  • 2006
  • Review of Securities & Commodities Regulation
  • The Extraterritorial Application of United States Securities Laws to Punish Insider Trading
  • 2002
  • Banking & Financial Services Policy Review
  • Corporate Responsibility and Accounting Reform
  • 2002
  • Securities Law Developments
  • Summary of Anti-Money Laundering Provisions of USA Patriot Act of 2001
  • 2002
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (4)
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Ethics and professional responsibility Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Zavieh is sharp! She knows the law, thinks quickly on her feet, and gets the job done right the first time. I highly recommend her. She is very well-respected."
Ethics and professional responsibility Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"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."
Ethics and professional responsibility Attorney | Oct 26
Relationship: Friend
"Megan cares for her clients and for the future of the legal profession. I unequivocally can recommend Megan."
Ethics and professional responsibility Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Ethics and professional responsibility Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An honorable attorney."
Litigation Attorney | Nov 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Although Ms. Zavieh is new to the Avvo community, her answers are succinct, accurate, analytic and customized to the needs of the Avvo askers. These are exactuly the qualities that any client would be looking for when hiring an attorney. Welcome!"
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West Hollywood Ethics and professional responsibility Lawyer Megan Elizabeth Zavieh
Megan Elizabeth Zavieh
Ethics and professional responsibility Attorney
West Hollywood, CA
Licensed for 24 years