RECENT DEVELOPMENTS

February 2018: Ellen Pansky is scheduled to speak at the breakout panel entitled “Legal Outsourcing: Practical and Ethical Considerations” at the ABA Litigation Corporate Counsel CLE Seminar in Palm Springs on February 16, 2018.

February 2018: Ellen Pansky participated as a panelist on a program entitled “Disbarment” at the APRL mid-year meeting in Vancouver on February 2, 2018.

February 2018: Ellen Pansky participated as a panelist on a program entitled “Are Professional Adjudicators the Answer?” at the National Organization of Bar Counsel’s mid-year meeting in Vancouver on February 1, 2018.

January 2018: Ellen Pansky spoke at the California Applicants’ Attorneys Association (CAAA) Winter Convention in Rancho Mirage, as a panelist on a program entitled “House Cleaning: The New Rules of Ethics” on January 27, 2018.

January 2018: Ellen Pansky participated as a panelist on a program entitled “The Ethics Factor” at the Beverly Hills Bar Association’s 2017 Entertainment Year in Review at The Montage on January 11, 2018.

September 2017: Ellen Pansky spoke on substance abuse at the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel seminar in Santa Barbara on September 22, 2017.

September 2017: Ellen Pansky presented a program entitled “Once the Bar Calls, What Do I Do?” at the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA) annual convention in Las Vegas on September 1, 2017.

May 2017: Ellen Pansky presented a program entitled “Ethics Issues Relating to the Use of Expert Witnesses” at the American Bar Association Conference on Professional Responsibility in St. Louis on June 2, 2017

January 2017: Ellen Pansky participated in an MCLE webinar entitled “Ethical Dilemmas and the Professional Rules of Responsibility in Law Practice” for the California Association of Black Lawyers on January 30, 2017.

January 2017: Ellen Pansky was a panelist for an MCLE program entitled “The Year in Ethics and the State Bar” for the Beverly Hills Bar Association on January 11, 2017

January 2017: Ellen Pansky was quoted in an ABA/BNA article entitled “Invoices for Legal Services Aren’t Always Privileged, California Says” for the Lawyers’ Manual on Professional Conduct, Vol. 33, No. 1, January 11, 2017. Here is a link to that article.

 

DEVELOPMENTS 2016

December 2016: Ellen Pansky presented a program entitled “Attorney’s Rights and Obligations in Representing Clients in Dependency Cases” to the Los Angeles Dependency Lawyers on December 14, 2016.

November 2016: Ellen Pansky was accepted to membership in Lawyers of Distinction.

November 2016: Ellen Pansky presented an MCLE program entitled “Morals vs. Ethics: Is There a Difference?” to the Desert Bar Association on November 18, 2016.

November 2016: Ellen Pansky participated in a panel presentation entitled “The Ethics of Appellate Practice” for the Los Angeles County Bar Association Appellate Court Section on November 16, 2016.

October 2016: Ellen Pansky participated in an MCLE presentation entitled “Ethics Idol: Ethics Across Disciplines” at the State Bar of California Annual Meeting in San Diego on October 1, 2016.

September 2016: Ellen Pansky presented two MCLE programs on September 30, 2016, to private firms in Newport Beach: “How to Keep Your Clients Happy and Avoid a State Bar Complaint” and “An Inside Look at California’s Attorney Discipline System, Avoiding the Unauthorized Practice of Law, and Practical Techniques for Addressing and Avoiding Unethical Conflicts of Interest”.

September 2016: Ellen Pansky participated in an MCLE panel on Legal Ethics to the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles at their annual meeting in Las Vegas on September 2, 2016. Her presentation is entitled “Stay Out of the State Bar Discipline Process”.

August 2016: Art Barsegyan was a panelist for the Year in Review presentation at the APRL annual meeting in San Francisco on August 6, 2016.


August 2016: On August 4, 2016 at its annual meeting in San Francisco, the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, through its president Lynda Shely, presented Ellen Pansky with the prestigious Charles W. Kettlewell Legal Ethics Advisor Award.

In April 2010, the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL), the nation’s largest association of legal ethics practitioners, presented its first Charles W. Kettlewell Legal Ethics Advisor Award to a lawyer who has demonstrated excellence in and dedication to the field of legal ethics and professional responsibility, by representing, advising, educating or mentoring lawyers. APRL was founded in 1990 primarily by lawyers who represent and advise lawyers, and the Kettlewell Award is intended to recognize superior lifetime achievement and contribution in the “law of lawyering” field.

The Kettlewell Award is named in honor and in memory of Charles W. (“Chuck”) Kettlewell, who was one of APRL’s founders and who served as its first President. Kettlewell, who passed away in 2005 in the prime of an outstanding career, was an internationally known expert in professional responsibility and legal ethics, who received the ABA’s Michael Franck Professional Responsibility Award, in recognition of his wide-ranging lifetime contributions to the field of legal ethics.

The Kettlewell Award has been presented to only four awardees to date, including Ms. Pansky. Ellen is supremely honored to have received this honor, in the name of her close and dear friend, Chuck Kettlewell.


June 2016: Ellen Pansky participated in an MCLE panel entitled “Another Kind of Competency” for the Pasadena Bar Association Women’s Focus Group on June 1, 2016.

May 2016: Ellen Pansky presented an MCLE program entitled “Conflict Avoidance: How to Manage Representation of Multiple Clients and Avoid State Bar Complaints and Disqualification” to the Desert Bar Association in Palm Desert on May 20, 2016.

April 2016: Ellen Pansky participated in a panel entitled “Bar Regulation (Discipline and Admissions) in the EU (and Elsewhere)” at the annual meeting of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL) in Paris on April 13, 2016.

March 2016: Ellen Pansky presented an MCLE program entitled “Pro Bono Legal Services: What Are Your Duties?” at the Los Angeles County Bar Domestic Violence Legal Services Project seminar on March 16, 2016.

March 2016: Ellen Pansky participated in a panel presentation at Loyola Law School on March 15, 2016.

February 2016: Ellen Pansky moderated an MCLE program entitled “Another Kind of Competency” at the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles meeting on February 18, 2016.

February 2016: Ellen Pansky was a panelist at the APRL midyear meeting in San Diego on February 5, 2016. The program, entitled “Where Duties of Client Loyalty & Confidentiality Collide: Joint Representations in a Single Matter Revisited”, follows on a well-received session at the ABA National Conference of Professional Responsibility in Denver last May, with an interactive panel exploring in depth the confidentiality, conflict of interest, and other professional responsibility issues that arise when lawyers seek to represent multiple clients in a single matter.

DEVELOPMENTS 2011-2015

October 2015: Ellen Pansky presented an MCLE program entitled “Keeping the State Bar at Bay: Avoiding Conflicts of Interest and Navigating MCLE Audits” to the Wilshire Bar Association on October 28, 2015.

October 2015: Ellen Pansky received the following note of thanks from the American Bar Association on October 26, 2015: “Dear Ellen, We are tremendously grateful for your service to advance the mission and agenda of the Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility. Your contributions on behalf of the American Bar Association are most appreciated. The strength and vitality of a volunteer organization rest with those who become involved in its activities and who play a key role in our advocacy as the national representative of the legal profession. Thank you again for carrying out your appointment with such excellence and initiative. Sincerely, Paulette Brown, President, American Bar Association”

October 2015: Ellen Pansky presented an MCLE program entitled “Complying with Your Ethical Obligations to Clients and the Court in Workers’ Compensation Litigation” to a private firm in Orange County in October 2015.

August 2015: Pansky Markle LLP has been selected for inclusion in the 22nd Edition of The Best Lawyers in America for 2016, in the practice area of Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law.

August 2015: Ellen Pansky has been named a 2015 Top Attorney by Pasadena Magazine.

August 2015: Ellen Pansky presented an MCLE course entitled, “How to Keep Your Clients Happy and Avoid a State Bar Complaint”, to two private firms in Orange County in August 2015.


July 2015: Pansky Markle LLP was a sponsor of the South Pasadena “Concerts in the Park” series again this summer. These concerts provide a safe atmosphere where families come together and celebrate their community while socializing and enjoying great music.


 

 

 

 

July 2015: Ellen Pansky moderated a panel entitled “Tipping the Balance: Practical Tips for Managing High Level Practice and Family” for the Los Angeles County Bar Association and Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles Joint Task Force on July 16, 2015.

May 2015: Ellen Pansky was a panelist for a presentation entitled “Off the Beaten Path in Lawyer Discipline Prosecution and Defense” at the ABA National Professional Responsibility conference on May 28, 2015.

January 2015: Ellen Pansky presented an MCLE Ethics training program to the Los Angeles Dependency Lawyers on January 30, 2015. Ms. Pansky addressed several common hypothetical situations and offered advice about the applicable ethical rules to be followed.

December 2014: Ellen Pansky gave a presentation entitled “Charging and Collecting Your Due Without Having State Bar Problems” to the Lawyer’s Club of Los Angeles County on December 17, 2014.

December 2014: Ellen Pansky presented an MCLE program entitled “Developing Legal Ethics Issues and Little Known Ethics Rules” to a private entertainment firm in Los Angeles on December 10, 2014.

December 2014: Ellen Pansky and James Ham gave a presentation entitled “Keeping Your Law License in Check” at the Los Angeles County Bar Association Inn of Courts on December 3, 2014.

October 2014: Ellen Pansky presented an MCLE program entitled “Staying Out of Trouble: Fee Agreements, Billing Statements and Client Trust Account Procedures to Keep You Safe” to the Wilshire Bar Association on October 29, 2014.

September 2014: Ellen Pansky presented an MCLE program entitled “CEOC Ethics Seminar: Conflicts, Confidentiality and Playing it Cool with the State Bar” to a private firm in Encino on September 10, 2014.

August 2014: Ellen Pansky presented an MCLE program on ethics regarding client trust accounts to a private firm in Irvine on August 27, 2014.

July 2014: Ellen Pansky presented an MCLE program entitled “Practical Techniques for Addressing and Avoiding Unethical Conflicts of Interest” to the Antelope Valley Bar Association on July 31, 2014.


Ellen was one of the presenters of the 2014 Charles W. Kettlewell Legal Ethics Advisor Award to APRL founding member Jack Weiss, at APRL’s annual meeting in Boston on August 7, 2014. She is seen here with former Kettlewell Award recipient Mark Harrison, Jack Weiss and immediate past president of APRL, Art Lachman.

June 2014: Ellen Pansky presented an MCLE program on three topics entitled “An Inside Look at California’s Attorney Discipline System”, “Avoiding the Unauthorized Practice of Law-Interstate Law and Multijurisdictional Practice”, and “Practical Techniques for Addressing and Avoiding Unethical Conflicts of Interest” to a private entertainment firm in Los Angeles on June 20, 2014.

May 2014: Ellen Pansky presented an MCLE webinar entitled “Should I Tweet About That? Ethics, Advertising and the Internet” on May 14, 2014, for the American Bar Association Center for Professional Development.

April 2014: Ellen Pansky presented an MCLE program entitled “Beyond the Privilege: The Ethical Duty of Confidentiality for the Business Lawyer” on April 12, 2014, for the American Bar Association Business Law Section.

February 2014: Ellen Pansky presented an MCLE program entitled “Practical and Ethical Considerations Regarding Conflict and Communications in Multiple Party Representation” on February 26, 2014, for the Los Angeles County Bar Association Labor & Employment Symposium.

January 2014: Ellen Pansky presented an MCLE program entitled “Starting Your Own Practice” on January 23, 2014, for the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles Young Lawyers Section.

January 2014: Ellen Pansky presented an MCLE program entitled “Ethical and Malpractice Issues for the Entertainment Attorney” on January 15, 2014, for the Beverly Hills Bar Association’s 2013 Entertainment Year in Review.

December 2013: Ellen Pansky presented an MCLE program entitled “Attorney’s Rights and Obligations in Representing Clients in Dependency Cases” on December 18, 2013, for Los Angeles Dependency Lawyers.

December 2013: Ellen Pansky presented an MCLE webinar program entitled “Money Matters: Fee Agreements and Billing Statements that Will Keep You Out of Trouble” on December 11, 2013, for Pincus Professional Education.

December 2013: Ellen Pansky presented an MCLE program entitled “Attorney-Client Relationships: Disqualification, Withdrawing from Representation, and Avoiding Violation of CRPC 3-110” on December 7, 2013, for the Los Angeles County Bar Association.

November 2013: Pansky Markle Ham LLP was named a “Tier 1 Best Law Firm” by U.S. News and Best Lawyers for 2014.

November 2013: Ellen Pansky presented an MCLE program regarding ethical issues associated with criminal defense practice to a private firm in Long Beach on November 15, 2013.

October 2013: Ellen Pansky hasve been named Southern California Super Lawyers again for 2014. She has been selected to Southern California Super Lawyers since 2006.

October 2013: Ellen Pansky gave a presentation entitled “Conflict Waivers” to the Wilshire Bar Association at their meeting in Los Angeles on October 9, 2013.

October 2013: Ellen Pansky gave a presentation entitled “Hot Topics in Legal Ethics: How to Avoid a State Bar Complaint” to the Long Beach Bar Association at their meeting on October 19, 2013.

August 2013: Ellen Pansky was selected for the 2014 “Best Lawyers in America” in the practice area of Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law (Best Lawyers 20th Edition).

May 2013: Ellen Pansky participated on a panel discussion at the ABA’s National Conference on Professional Responsibility on May 30-31, 2013, in San Antonio, entitled “Making Civility Mandatory: Holding Attorneys to a Higher Standard of Conduct”.

April 2013: Ellen Pansky participated on a panel discussion at the State Bar’s Annual Ethics Symposium at UCLA Law School on April 20, 2013. The topic of the symposium is “The Intersection Between Ethics and Civility”.

March 2013: Ellen Pansky participated on a panel discussion at the ALFA International Client Seminar on March 7-9, 2013, in Palm Springs, entitled “Take the Ethics Challenge”.

February 2013: Ellen Pansky participated on a panel discussion at the APRL Mid-Year meeting scheduled on February 7-9, 2013, in Dallas, entitled “Beyond the Routine; Prosecuting and Defending the ‘Other’ Cases”. This panel is a joint presentation of APRL and NOBC.

January 2013: Ellen Pansky hasve been named Southern California Super Lawyers again for 2013. She has been selected to Southern California Super Lawyers since 2006.

January 2013: Ellen Pansky gave a presentation entitled “Practical Techniques for Addressing and Avoiding Unethical Conduct” to WLALA at the offices of Crowell & Moring on January 23, 2013.

November 2012: Pansky Markle Ham LLP was named a “Best Law Firm” by U.S. News and World report for 2013.

October 2012: Ellen Pansky participated on a panel discussion at the State Bar of California Annual Meeting held October 11-14, 2012, entitled “Hot Topics in the World of Legal Ethics,” which was presented by the Association of Discipline Defense Counsel.

August 2012: Ellen Pansky moderated the panel “Lawyers’ Disclosure of Wrongdoing in Public and Private Organizations” at the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers annual meeting in Chicago, IL. on August 3, 2012.

July 2012: Ellen Pansky has been appointed as a member of the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility, for a three year term commencing at the ABA’s August 2012 annual meeting in Chicago, IL.

July 2012: Ellen Pansky presented her MCLE program “Electronic Practice of Law: Pitfalls, Perils & Perks” to a private firm in Los Angeles on July 11, 2012.

July 2012: Pansky Markle LLP is a sponsor of South Pasadena’s Summer Concert Series. The Concerts are free to the public, and are held in Garfield Park in South Pasadena. The Concerts are a beloved local tradition, bringing together hundreds of families and children for outdoor music, picnics and fun for the entire family. The Firm has sponsored the Summer Concert Series for a number of years, and is also a sponsor of South Pasadena Little League.

May 2012: Pansky Markle Ham LLP has been selected for inclusion in the 2012 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®.

May 2012: Ellen A. Pansky attended the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers Sixth International Meeting in Istanbul, Turkey, on May 2-4, 2012. Ellen Pansky led the traditional Roundtable Discussion with two accomplished Turkish women attorneys, Bilge Kockaya and Habibe Iyimayi Kayaaslan. She met with the Dean of Yeditepe University’s School of Law, and with faculty from both Yeditepe’s law school as well as other Turkish law schools, concerning legal issues of importance in Turkey today. She was given a tour of Istanbul’s new courthouse by a local prosecutor and Yeditepe University law school graduate.

February 2012: Ellen Pansky participated in the National Association of Women Lawyers 2012 Mid-Year Program, “Reaching For The Stars.” In addition to serving as panelist on the CLE program, “Effective Networking: New Tools In A New Era In Law”, Ms. Pansky served as a member of the programming committee. The compelling day-long event and luncheon honoring Hon. Dorothy W. Nelson and Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. was attended by over 200 people.

January 2012: Ellen Pansky has been named to the elite list of Top 50 Women Southern California Super Lawyers 2012. Ellen was also named a Southern California Super Lawyer again for 2012. Ellen has been selected to Southern California Super Lawyers since 2006.

January 2012: Ellen Pansky has been named an AV Preeminent Rated Lawyer by Lexis Nexus Martindale-Hubbell.

January 2012:  Ellen Pansky presented on the topic “Special Problems of Waiver of the Attorney-Client Privilege for In-House Counsel” to a private firm.

January 2012:  The State Bar of California has renewed Pansky Markle Ham LLP’s MCLE Multiple Activity Provider approval through December 31, 2014.

December 2011:  Ellen Pansky presented her MCLE program, “If the State Bar Calls, Answer It!” to the Lawyers’ Club of Los Angeles County.

November 2011:  Pansky Markle Ham LLP was a supporter of the Black Women Lawyer’s wonderful soirée at Cicada in downtown Los Angeles.

November 2011:  Pansky Markle Ham LLP was a supporter of the Los Angeles County Bar Foundation’s Casino Night.  The Los Angeles County Bar Foundation is “dedicated to improving the administration of justice, advancing the interests of the profession, and serving the public in law-related ways.”  The law firm and its partners each make an annual contribution to support the Foundation.

November 2011:  Ellen Pansky has been included in Pasadena Magazine’s list of Top Attorneys for 2011, in the areas of Legal Ethics and Law Practice Management, respectively, and attended the Top Attorneys reception held at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena.

September 2011:  Pansky Markle Ham LLP was a Bronze sponsor of the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles 2011 Annual Awards and Installation Dinner, and attended the reception held at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel.

August 2011: Pansky Markle Ham LLP was named a “Best Law Firm” by U.S. News and World Report for 2011-2012.

July 2011:  Ellen Pansky was reappointed as Assistant Vice President of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Board of Trustees.