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John Steele is a solo practitioner, representing clients on matters of legal ethics, professional liability, risk management, and the law of lawyering. For over fifteen years, he served as the top internal ethics lawyer at an AmLaw 100 firm, where he was Special Counsel for Ethics, and at an AmLaw 200 firm, where he was a trial lawyer and litigation partner.
He also provides expert witness opinions in cases involving legal ethics, alleged legal malpractice, and fee disputes.
He has taught professional responsibility for about forty semesters at UC-Berkeley School of Law, Stanford Law School, Santa Clara University, UC-Hastings School of Law, Golden Gate University, and Indiana University – Maurer School of Law.
He has served on a variety of professional committees, including the State Bar of California’s standing Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct (COPRAC), and serves an arbitrator in fee disputes.
Mr. Steele graduated from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1985 and from Bucknell University in 1982. He is licensed as a lawyer by the State Bar of California.