Megan Zavieh

Megan Zavieh

Megan Zavieh is a state bar defense attorney and general ethics counselor admitted to practice in California, Georgia, New York and New Jersey. She is the current Chair of the Executive Committee of the Solo and Small Firm Section of the State Bar of California and focuses her practice on assisting California lawyers. She is also a mother to four insanely fun and independent children ages 2 to 10, a mud-loving Spartan racer, and a runner. She passionately believes that her colleagues should not face disciplinary action alone, so she devotes her non-billable hours to developing new tools for self-represented lawyers to defend themselves before the state bar. She runs a virtual law practice at and blogs at California State Bar Defense.
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The Attorney Advertising Rules Are Killing Us

The rules about how lawyers can advertise are terrible. Lawyers should be honest and forthright in advertisements. All else is just noise.

How I Built an Online DIY Ethics Defense Playbook

One lawyer's story of how TBD Law helped her create a new delivery mechanism for her services.

Virginia Bar Takes Aim at Avvo

While it could easily be read as “Avvo has been shot down by Virginia,” the opinion highlights a relatively small flaw in the business model and a map toward partial acceptance of those types of services.

Five Steps to Unplug From Life and Work for a Week

Taking a vacation isn't just important. It's critical to your health and the health of your firm. Here are five tips to help you fully unplug.

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How to Competently Reinvent Your Practice

If you are contemplating switching to a new practice area, here are some things you should keep in mind.

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Price Like a Professional Because That’s What You Are

In thinking about how to charge for your legal services, remember to always price yourself like the professional you are.

Failing State Bars Are Deunifying, and That’s Not Necessarily Bad

Some state bars are deunifying—separating the regulatory side from the lobbying/educational wing.

Authenticity as a Social Media Marketing Strategy

Taking time to share details of your personal life can serve as a marketing strategy and help you make connections to clients and potential clients.

Use Technology to Streamline Your Practice and Help You Stay Out of Ethics Trouble

There are many ways you can use technology to help keep your clients informed, make sure you don't miss an appointment, and get your billing done in a timely fashion. Here are some examples of how technology can assist you in complying with your ethics obligations.

Year-End Law Practice Checklist

The New Year is a great time for refreshing of all kinds, including refreshing your office and practice and setting yourself up for success. Take the time to put in place the tools for a great and prosperous year.

Finding Accountability as a Solo Lawyer

Having someone hold you accountable can be helpful, but it can be difficult for solo attorneys to do. Here are some ways to find an accountability partner and work with your partner to keep your tasks on track.

The Profession Must Actually Help Addicted Lawyers

The legal profession has an addiction problem, and it is going about fixing that in all the wrong ways.

In the Courtroom, Personal Political Views Must Take a Backseat to Client Interests

As important as expressing your own political viewpoints might be, in the courtroom with your client is not the place to do so.

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Things to Keep in Mind When an Employee Leaves the Firm

When an attorney leaves a firm, many ethical obligations arise for both the departing lawyer and the firm they leave behind. Here are some key things to keep in mind.

California’s Chief Ethics Prosecutor Resigns Amid Ongoing Drama

The State Bar of California’s head prosecutor of lawyers, Chief Trial Counsel Jayne Kim, has been surrounded by drama for much of her five years at the helm of the bar’s disciplinary arm. This week she shocked the bar by resigning her position.