Arizona Ethics and professional responsibility are part and parcel of the evaluation of an Arizona legal malpractice case. In addition to years of experience in handling Arizona legal malpractice cases, since 1999 Mr. Lerner served as a Hearing Officer in Arizona lawyer disciplinary cases. Until recently The Supreme Court of Arizona appointed lawyers who are active members of the State Bar of Arizona, in good standing for at least seven years, to serve as Hearing Officers. In a recent change in the lawyer discipline process in Arizona lawyers are appointed by the Arizona Supreme Court to serve as members of lawyer discipline hearing panels. These lawyers, such as Mr. Lerner, are appointed for one or two-year terms.
Lawyer hearing panel members participate in evidentiary hearings with a presiding trial judge and non-lawyer member. After the evidence is presented and argument considered on the Respondent lawyer's conduct, a decision is rendered and, if warranted, the panel imposes sanctions. These sanctions may range from a reprimand, suspension, and for egregious cases disbarment. Sometimes restitution is ordered as a condition of probation. Those who serve in the role of a lawyer member of the panel bring a vast array of experience and diversity, thereby preserving the integrity of the process.Mr. Lerner has experience on the issue of standard of care of lawyers because he has tried cases to juries on the issue of lawyer malpractice, served as an expert witness on lawyer negligence, and served as a Hearing Officer on lawyer ethics.
The State Bar of Arizona provides a profile all of Arizona lawyers which includes whether that lawyer carries legal malpractice insurance.