Patricia A. Sallen




I'm a legal ethics consultant and lawyer based in Phoenix, Arizona. I teach at local, state and national ethics-related continuing-legal-education seminars and write frequently on ethics topics for publication.

Why should you pay attention to what I have to say?

Because I know legal ethics.

Here are some relevant law-related excerpts from my resume:

  • I've taught so many continuing-legal-education seminars that I could make a fortune selling my extra ethics CLE credits to lawyers. (That's a joke, people. It would be unethical to do that.)

  • I spent almost 15 years with the State Bar of Arizona. My last title was Director of Special Services & Ethics/Deputy General Counsel. I spent the last decade of my time with the State Bar as its ethics counsel, which means that, among other duties, I advised lawyers on resolving ethical dilemmas and served as counsel to the State Bar Committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct.

  • I served as expert consultant for the Arizona Supreme Court's most recent ethical-rules review effort.

  • I'm a current (and charter) attorney member of the Arizona Supreme Court's Attorney Regulation Advisory Committee, which the court created to help it, as the court's website says, "on issues relating to attorney regulation." What's attorney regulation? Discipline, admissions, ethics and the other day-to-day rules lawyers live by.

  • I'm also a current member of the American Bar Association's Center for Professional Responsibility CLE and Policy Implementation committees.

  • Before I became ethics counsel, I worked as a bar counsel in the State Bar’s Lawyer Regulation Office, investigating and, if necessary, prosecuting ethical rule violations.

  • I wrote the chapter on ethics in the State Bar’s Arizona Attorney’s Fees Manual and was an editor and writer for the new edition of the State Bar’s Arizona Legal Ethics Handbook.

  • I've taught professional responsibility as an adjunct professor at the Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law. I've also lectured on ethics at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law and Arizona Summit Law School.

  • I understand the real world of law practice. I've worked in big firms and as a sole practitioner, focusing on media and intellectual property law and civil and appellate litigation. And I've served as a settlement judge pro tem.