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Richard Zitrin is of counsel to the San Francisco firm of Carlson, Calladine & Peterson, LLP, and a Lecturer in Law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. He spent 34 years as a named partner in his own firm, has taught legal ethics at Hastings since 1994 and at the University of San Francisco School of Law from 1977 to 2005, where he became coordinator of the course’s curriculum in 1991 and from 2000 to 2004 was the founder and first Director of the Center for Applied Legal Ethics. He is certified as a specialist in Legal Malpractice by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization. Mr. Zitrin’s principal practice involves a wide range of attorney conduct issues, including litigating legal malpractice claims on behalf of plaintiffs and advising attorneys on issues of legal ethics, attorneys’ fees, and malpractice avoidance. He has extensive experience and training as both a trial lawyer and mediator. He has co authored a general-audience book on lawyers and the American legal system, The Moral Compass of the American Lawyer (Ballantine, 1999), a textbook that emphasizes a practical approach to teaching ethics, Legal Ethics in the Practice of Law (LEXISNEXIS, 4th edition forthcoming, 2012), and an annually-updated book comparing the rules of ethics, Legal Ethics Rules, Statutes and Comparisons (LEXISNEXIS, 2011). He has published widely on issues of legal ethics in law review articles, as a columnist for American Law Media, and in op-ed pieces in general circulation media. He currently writes a column for American Law Media and the San Francisco Recorder newspaper entitled “The Moral Compass.” He speaks nationally and locally to lawyers, judges, law students, bar groups, and other professional organizations on ethics, malpractice, and other attorney practice issues. He is admitted to practice in California and New York.

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