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Erin Joyce

Ethics and professional responsibility Attorney at Pasadena, CA

4.8   17 reviews

Licensed for 31 years

About Erin

Learn Erin’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Ethics and professional responsibility
    75%
    State Bar defense and ethics consultations.

    23 years

  2. Licensing
    25%
    Moral character determinations and reinstatements

Erin is a former 18 year State Bar prosecutor, who now handles State Bar defense, moral character determinations and ethcis consultations.

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Licensed for 31 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1990
Updated 09/09/2022

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

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Erin Joyce Law
117 East Colorado Blvd.
Fourth Floor, Suite 465
Pasadena, CA, 91105

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
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Posted by Rona | April 15, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
An A+ Attorney!
If you need help with state bar issues on any matter, I would highly recommend working with Ms. Joyce. She gives you insights into the process that you would never be able to discover on your own. Her ideas are brilliant and exactly on point. I would give more than 5 stars if i could. She is hardworking, reliable and the most professional and knowledgeable in the field.
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Posted by anonymous | April 14, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend Attorney Erin Joyce
Attorney Erin Joyce has been instrumental in helping resolve matters relating to the state bar. She gives you advice that only experienced attorneys can possibly provide and is very thorough in her assistance to fully resolve matters. I would highly recommend her for any such issue.
Posted by anonymous | March 23, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Legal Ethics Expert
A former State Bar prosecutor, Erin is an expert in legal ethics. When I had a question regarding my ethical obligations involving a complex disclosure issue as an attorney, Erin helped me navigate ethics rules and determine my ethical obligations both clearly and efficiently. I would highly recommend Erin to any attorneys with ethics and professional responsibility questions.
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Posted by anonymous | March 15, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Helpful and responsive
I was going active in CA after years of being inactive and had questions about process and MCLE compliance. Erin was responsive, knowledgeable, and very helpful. I'll gladly call her again if I have any questions!
Posted by Geoffrey | March 11, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Effective and efficient representation
I received a notice that a complaint was filed against me by some random person as part of a competitor's smear campaign. I hired Erin Joyce and literally within a week of her sending in my response, the complaint was closed out and I have nothing to worry about. Erin does an excellent job of calming you down and carefully walking through the facts of your case to present the most clear, efficient, and strongest defense. The peace of mind alone from having her on my side was well worth the reasonable fee I paid for her excellent services. I would recommend her to anyone who gets a love letter from the State Bar.
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Posted by anonymous | January 22, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great advice and very honest
Ms. Joyce was very informative and helpful when another attorney filed a bogus bar complaint against me. I consulted with two other ethics attorneys before Ms. Joyce, both of whom tried to scare me and get me to pay them thousands of dollars. Ms. Joyce assured me that I have nothing to worry about and am capable of handling the issue on my own. I appreciate her time and her honest assessment of my case, which she did completely for free. Thank you, Ms. Joyce!
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Posted by Marc | November 19, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Knowledgeable and Friendly
Whenever I had a question regarding attorney state bar rules, Erin is my go-to attorney. She's knowledgeable, friendly, and a pleasure to work with.
Posted by anonymous | November 17, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great Attorney
She is fully knowledgeable about her practice and extremely beneficial. Provided great advice and took the time to listen to my issues. Fully recommend her.
Posted by Anahit | November 16, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding attorney!
If you need legal advice or help related to any ethics or professional responsibility, Erin Joyce is the right attorney for you. She is beyond helpful and knowledgeable! Don’t look for anyone else. Call her immediately and make you live easier.
Posted by Jason | October 20, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Incredible Attorney
Erin is very smart, very responsive, and has a mastery of ethics and State Bar rules. She is extremely generous with her time and is always able to provide a thoughtful and informative response. I highly recommend her.
Posted by Myanna | October 4, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Difficult and urgent election issue resolved successfully
While running for judicial office, a LA County Deputy District Attorney working in the same office as my political opponent filed a meritless claim to derail my candidacy. Erin resolved it swiftly, accurately, and in _great_ detail using my feedback, but improving it significantly. I felt in good, professional hands right away, but elections are exceptionally tricky and finicky, especially for judges. Erin handled the very difficult situation which presented some issues of first impression so well that the California state department found in my favor within hours of receiving Erin's request. Enough said, but know this: you will simply not find a better attorney in California for these types of issues. Erin is clearly the best there is. She is also billing very transparently and fairly, which I appreciated in times of distress. Myanna Dellinger
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Posted by Ryan | September 30, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Attorney
I recently consulted Erin on a fairly tricky ethical issue despite having never met her before. Erin responded to my email within 15 minutes with an extremely thorough and clear answer. I have no doubt that I will consult with her again the next time I run into an ethical issue. I highly recommend Erin!
Posted by Angela | June 11, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Knowledgeable and prompt
I consulted with attorney Erin. Regarding an ethical issue that I was dealing with. She helped me promptly. She is extremely knowledgable in the area of ethics and professional responsibility. She helped me understand the steps I needed to take. I felt reassured that my legal concern was taken care with her guidance.
Posted by anonymous | June 4, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Consultation Review
Ms. Joyce was very gracious with her time during our consultation and answered all of my questions with sharp detail. I would recommend her to anyone who is a law student seeking assistance with their moral character application to the State Bar.
Posted by Tina | June 3, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Brilliant Advocate
Erin is a brilliant advocate. Her experience coupled with her fierce intelligence make her a phenomenal attorney. Consider yourself blessed if you are lucky enough to have her on your side. She is truly a godsend.
Posted by Zein | August 3, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Top Notch Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility Counsel
I am an attorney who found myself in a sticky situation which, if I didn't resolve correctly could lead to significant liability. I reached out to Erin because she was a former State Bar prosecutor and asked her if she would give me an ethics opinion. She was very responsive, analytical and extremely helpful advising me on how to successfully navigate out of the situation with her opinion to support my course. I would highly recommend Ms. Joyce for any ethics needs, or any consumer analyzing legal malpractice against a lawyer or law firm. She's the consummate professional.
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Posted by anonymous | October 15, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Do Not Hire this Firm
I hired Erin for a moral character investigation. Erin waited until the very last day to submit my application, refused to answer emails, failed to include one of my character letters of recommendation for the final submission to the bar, refused to update the admissions office with new details, and threatened to add charges after she promised the initial fee covered everything. Her tone in emails alone is enough to avoid her altogether. Her office is just as incompetent as she is. Basic updates were never accomplished and I had to remind them/correct mistakes every step of the way.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 600-750 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Adjunct Professor
  • Abraham Lincoln University
  • 2021 - Present
  • Faculty
  • Women In The Law Institute
  • 2021 - Present
  • Faculty
  • Practicing Law Institute
  • 2021 - Present
  • Principal
  • Erin Joyce Law
  • 2017 - Present
  • Chief Special Investigator
  • Los Angeles Fire Department
  • 2016 - 2017
  • Senior Trial Counsel
  • State Bar Of California
  • 1997 - 2016
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Education

  • Univ of California at Los Angeles
  • N/A
  • Southwestern University School of Law
  • N/A
  • University of California at Los Angeles School of Law
  • N/A

Associations

  • California Lawyers Association
  • Attorney Health and Wellness Committee, Co-Chair
  • 2021 - Present
  • California Lawyers Association
  • Future Lawyering Taskforce, Member
  • 2021 - Present
  • California State Bar
  • Faculty for Continuing Education
  • 2021 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Future Lawyering Task Force
  • 2021 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Networking Meeting Steering Committee
  • 2021 - Present
  • San Fernando Valley Bar Association Board of Trustees
  • Member
  • 2021 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Delegation Study Group Chair
  • 2019 - Present
  • Assocation of Discipline Defense Counsel
  • Secretary to the Board
  • 2019 - Present
  • California Lawyers Association
  • Member, Solo Section
  • 2019 - Present
  • Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Vice Chair, Small Firm and Sole Practitioner Section
  • 2018 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member, Professional Responsibility and Ethics Committee
  • 2018 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • N/A
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Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Attorney of Distinction
  • Pasadena Magazine
  • 2021

Publications

  • Attorney at Law Magazine
  • “The Perils of Flat-Fee Agreements Under the Current Rules of Professional Conduct"
  • 2021
  • CAALA’s The Advocate
  • “Pitfalls to Avoid with Litigation Funding"
  • 2021
  • Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • “LA County Bar: Others Oppose Paraprofessionals in Court"
  • 2021
  • (Reprint from Attorney at Law Magazine, Vol.7., No. 1), Valley Lawyer
  • “Flat Fees: Follow the Rules, No Problem”
  • 2021
  • CLA-The Practitioner/SOLO
  • “Don’t Be Tempted by the Fruit of the Alternative Payment App Tree!”
  • 2021
  • California Lawyers Association
  • “How Judicial Officers Can Assist in the Creation of Mental Health of Attorneys While Supporting and Aiding The Delivery of Justice”
  • 2021
  • Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine
  • “The Time Has Come for a State Bar Expungement Procedure”
  • 2021
  • Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • “Problems with the Paraprofessional Program,” By Erin Joyce and Raquel Greenberg
  • 2021
  • CAALA’s The Advocate
  • “Zealous Advocacy During the Pandemic / Practicing Law In Interesting Times"
  • 2020
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • “What You Don’t Know About Trust Accounting Can Get You Disbarred"
  • 2020
  • CLA The Practitioner/ SOLO
  • "The Buck Stops Here"
  • 2020
  • Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • "State Bar Issues Draft Rules for Temporary Licensure Program”
  • 2020
  • Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine
  • “Tales of Civility in Times of Pandemic”
  • 2020
  • Attorney at Law Magazine
  • “No Good Deed Goes Unpunished – Even Humanitarian Loans to Clients Must Comply with the Rules of Professional Conduct”
  • 2020
  • California Lawyers Association
  • "Practicing Law In Interesting Times"
  • 2020
  • Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • “Bar Proposals will Upend the Legal Profession"
  • 2019
  • CAALA's The Advocate
  • "How to Avoid a State Bar Complaint"
  • 2019
  • Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • "Bar Proposals will Upend the Legal Profession"
  • 2019
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Speaking Engagements

  • Westside Bar Association
  • "Deconstructing Girardi"
  • 2021
  • Speaker
  • "The State Bar's Attack on Lawyers: Big Tech Takeover and How Paraprofessionals Will Affect Your Practice"
  • 2021
  • Speaker
  • "Mediation Ethics"
  • 2021
  • Speaker
  • "Special Ethics Issues for Trusts and Estates Attorneys"
  • 2021
  • Speaker
  • "Ethics of Alternative Billing
  • 2021
  • Speaker
  • "Contemporary Ethical Issues"
  • 2021
  • Outside Counsel Network
  • "How Law Firms Can Thrive in These Turbulent Times
  • 2021
  • Outside Counsel Network
  • “The Ethics of Referrals”
  • 2021
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • LACBA Ethics Symposium
  • 2021
  • California Lawyers Association
  • "How Judges Affect Attorney Wellbeing"
  • 2021
  • California Lawyers Association
  • "Pitfalls for the Unwary: How Changes in the Rules of Paraprofessional Conduct Can Expose You to Serious Liability"
  • 2021
  • CAALA - Las Vegas
  • "The Basics of How to Manage Your Trust Account to Avoid Discipline"
  • 2021
  • CAALA - Las Vegas
  • “How to Keep Your Client’s Money Safe and Your License Safe All At the Same Time!”
  • 2021
  • CAALA
  • “Ethics Do’s and Don’ts for Lawyer Marketing and Advertising in 2020”
  • 2021
  • American Bar Association
  • "The Ultimate Playbook: Building Your Business Without Breaking Ethics Rules"
  • 2021
  • The Lawyers Assistance Program
  • “Wellness Strategies for the Legal Community”
  • 2020
  • State Bar of California’s Solo and Small Firm Summit
  • "Avoiding the State Bar Discipline System”
  • 2020
  • Speaker
  • "What You Don't Know About Trust Accounting Can Get You Disbarred"
  • 2020
  • PLI Program
  • “Starting and Building Your Law Practice in a Pandemic World”
  • 2020
  • Outside Counsel Network
  • “The Intersection of Attorney Ethics, Mental Health and the Covid Pandemic"
  • 2020
  • Outside Counsel Network
  • “How Client Entanglements Can Jeopardize Your License”
  • 2020
  • Outside Counsel Network
  • “Life and the Practice of Law After COVID 19"
  • 2020
  • Outside Counsel Network
  • “The Ethics of Legal Marketing”
  • 2020
  • Outside Counsel Network
  • “Bankruptcy & COVID-19: Basics & Ethical Considerations”
  • 2020
  • MCLE
  • “How to Pivot Your Practice: The Importance of Competence, Mentorship, & Effective Communication"
  • 2020
  • MCLE
  • “Thriving in Volatile Times and Growing Your Practice”
  • 2020
  • Los Angeles County Counsel
  • “Ethics for the Government Lawyer”
  • 2020
  • LACBA Ethics Symposium
  • “What You Don’t Know About Trust Accounting Can Get You Disbarred”
  • 2020
  • California State Bar
  • “The State Bar’s Proposal to Allow Non-Attorney Practice of Law”
  • 2020
  • CAALA
  • “Trials During COVID”
  • 2020
  • Small Firm and Sole Practitioner Section MCLE Presentation
  • “New Rules of Professional Conduct”
  • 2019
  • Eastern Bar Association MCLE Night
  • “New Rules for the Small Firm Practitioner”
  • 2019
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles Convention Vegas
  • "How to Avoid a State Bar Complaint"
  • 2019
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • “Significant Rule Changes that Impact the Small Firm or Solo Practitioner”
  • 2018
  • Ethics School
  • State Bar Ethics Instructor
  • 2016
  • State Bar of California’s Solo and Small Firm Summit
  • "Avoiding the State Bar Discipline System”
  • 2012
  • State Bar of California
  • Attorney Ethics
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (6)
Ethics and professional responsibility Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Erin is just fabulous. She's so knowledgeable when it comes to ethics and professional responsibility."
Ethics and professional responsibility Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Erin Joyce is the most straight forward, authentic, and trustworthy attorney you could have on your side to help with state bar defense. Prior private practice, she used to be a prior California State Bar Prosecutor, so she knows exactly what to look for and what to defend against aggressively, yet professionally. She's my go to for ethics matters and who I would recommend to my closest colleagues, friends, and family!"
Ethics and professional responsibility Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Erin is highly knowledgeable and I recommend her without hesitation for state bar defense matters. She is also kind enough to answer fellow attorney questions regarding ethics. Her experience as a state bar prosecutor has given her immense knowledge in this field. I endorse Erin."
Ethics and professional responsibility Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Honest, trustworthy and genuinely a professional and caring attorney. After working with attorneys for over 22 years, I would recommend anyone to Attorney Erin Joyce for state bar defense. As a prior California State Bar Prosecutor, she knows the ins and outs of properly advising and representing attorneys. We need more attorneys like Attorney Erin Joyce."
Ethics and professional responsibility Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Erin is a tough, disciplined and respected lawyer in her field. She has the experience needed to tackle the most difficult cases and come out on top for her clients. I would want Erin in my corner if I am ever in need of services in this area."
Ethics and professional responsibility Attorney | Jul 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I recommend without hesitation and reservation Ms. Joyce in all matters and especially in matters related to State Bar Defense and Professional Responsibility and Ethics. Ms. Joyce provides excellent service and is extremely knowledgeable in this very specialized area of practice. When the State Bar calls, do not hesitate to get help and call Erin Joyce."
Ethics and professional responsibility Attorney | Jul 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Erin Joyce is an amazing attorney who is sharp and accurate. In State Bar disciplinary matters she has an exceptional awareness of what it takes to address the State Bar's allegations. Ms. Joyce has a unique skill set of bulldozing her opponent with logic, an advanced and expert understanding of points and authorities, and persistence. While Ms. Joyce was a State Bar Prosecutor, she served as a Senior Trial Counsel and was given high-ranking responsibility to handle a wide range of delicate, complex and multiple matters against a single attorney."
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