Attorney Ethics & Professional Misconduct

As any professional knows, dedication to one’s practice and clientele is not always enough to avoid investigation for professional misconduct or unethical behavior. Occasionally, miscommunication or mismanaged client expectations motivate a client to file a grievance that turns out to be unfounded. Even when a complaint or grievance is found to be without basis, responding to allegations is disruptive to professional life and practice.

Pashman Stein Walder Hayden attorneys are earnest in their observance of the rules of professional conduct and in upholding the highest ethical standards. As a result, the majority of the firm’s members have served on Bergen County’s and other regional ethics committees.

Our adherence to a strict code of professional ethics and our experience within New Jersey’s attorney disciplinary system position us to astutely represent attorneys facing disciplinary charges before district ethics committees, special ethics masters, the Disciplinary Review Board, and the Supreme Court of New Jersey. The firm also represents other professionals before various governing or disciplinary bodies, including the New Jersey State Board of Medical Examiners, and represents professionals in defending against civil allegations of misconduct.

Many of our attorneys have actively served on numerous bar association and Supreme Court-appointed committees, including the Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Performance, the Disciplinary Review Board, the Bergen County Fee Arbitration Committee, the Civil Practice Rules Committee, the Supreme Court Committee on Complementary Dispute Resolution, the Judicial and Prosecutorial Appointments Committee, and the Professional Responsibility Rules Committee.

In light of our exceptional and long-standing reputation for the highest ethical standards, our attorneys are also retained as expert witnesses and consultants in matters of legal ethics.