Mark Tuft

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Email: mtuft@cwclaw.comPhone: 415-765-6215vCard: download vCard

Mark L. Tuft is a Certified Legal Malpractice Specialist (California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization) and a litigation partner with Cooper, White & Cooper LLP.  He serves as outside counsel to lawyers, law firms, and public and private organizations on professional responsibility and professional liability matters, including law firm mergers and dissolutions, conflicts of interests, attorney sanctions and State Bar admission and disciplinary matters.  He also acts as an expert witness and consultant in these matters.  His trial practice includes legal malpractice defense, media law and related first amendment litigation.  He also serves as an arbitrator and mediator in lawyer-client and law firm disputes.  Mr. Tuft has served on several California State Bar Commissions on revisions to the Rules of Professional Conduct and the State Bar’s Task Force on Access Through Innovation of Legal Services.  He is a former Chair and special advisor to the California State Bar Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct and served on State Bar Task Forces on Multi-Disciplinary Practice and amendments to the rules of professional conduct.  Mr. Tuft has taught professional responsibility as an adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law and has lectured on legal ethics at U.C. Berkeley School of Law and Hastings School of Law.  He has served on the Board of Directors of the Bar Association of San Francisco and formerly chaired its ethics committee.  Mr. Tuft is a member of the ABA Center on Professional Responsibility and its editorial board.  He is a past president of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers and a member of the American Law Institute.  Mr. Tuft is a frequent lecturer and writer on professional responsibility issues and has received several teaching awards. Mr. Tuft is coauthor of The Rutter Group’s California Practice Guide: Professional Responsibility.

Recent Programs (Since 2015)

  • Co-Chair, PLI The Law and Ethics of NewLaw, San Francisco, CA, September 2020
  • Speaker, BASF Legal Ethics Program “The Law Governing Lawyers – The Year in Review,” San Francisco, CA January 2020
  • Speaker, CEB Annual Review Program – Legal Ethics, Oakland, CA, January, 2020
  • Panelist, PLI California MCLE Marathon 2019: Current Developments in Ethics, San Francisco, CA. December, 2019
  • Panelist, Communicating with Represented and Unrepresented Persons, The Rutter Group, Los Angeles, CA, November 5, 2019
  • Panelist, Ethics for California Lawyers, The Rutter Group, Los Angeles, CA, November 5, 2019
  • Co-Chair, PLI The Law and Ethics of NewLaw, San Francisco, CA, October 2019
  • Panelist, ABA Fall 2019 National Legal Malpractice Conference “Cutting-Edge Conflicts: “Recent Developments in Perilous Times”, San Diego, CA, September 2019
  • Panelist, “Attorney Advertising and the Search for Plaintiffs,” George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School Thirteenth Annual Judicial Symposium on Civil Justice Issues, Arlington, VA, May 6, 2019
  • Speaker, BASF Legal Ethics Program “The Law Governing Lawyers 2019 – The Year in Review,” San Francisco, CA January 2019
  • Speaker, CEB Annual Review Program – Legal Ethics, San Francisco, CA, January 2019
  • Panelist, PLI California MCLE Marathon 2018: “Current Developments in Ethics,” San Francisco, December 2018
  • Speaker, “Legal Ethics for California Lawyers 2018-2019” The Rutter Group, Los Angeles, CA, November, 2018
  • Speaker, CEB/Alameda County Bar Association, “Ethics – New rules CLE with the ACBA” Oakland, CA, October, 2018
  • Panelist, “Mastering California’s New Rules of Professional Conduct – What Every Lawyer Needs to Know to be in Compliance” The Rutter Group. Los Angeles, October, 2018
  • Panelist, “Mastering California’s New Rules of Professional Conduct (What Every Lawyer Needs to Know To Be In Compliance” The Rutter Group, San Francisco, CA, September, 2018
  • Speaker, Alameda County Bar Association: “What California Attorneys Need to Know About New Ethics Rules”, Oakland, CA, September, 2018
  • Panelist, “New Professional Responsibilities of Prosecutors CRPC-5110” The Rutter Group, Universal City, CA, April, 2018
  • Speaker, “CEB’s January Ethics Live Cast” Oakland, CA, January, 2018
  • Speaker, BASF Legal Ethics Program, “The Law Governing Lawyers 2017-2018: The Year in Review,” San Francisco, CA, January, 2018
  • Panelist, “PLI’s California MCLE Marathon 2017: Current Developments in Legal Ethics, San Francisco, December, 2017
  • Speaker “Representing Clients with Diminished Capacity: Managing Risks and Satisfying Responsibilities,” Pilot Legis Annual Conference, New Orleans LA, October 2017
  • Moderator, “New and Evolving Attorney Disqualification Issues” California Judges Association/Rutter Group Annual Program, Los Angeles, CA, February, 2017
  • Speaker, BASF Legal Ethics Program, “The Law Governing Lawyers 2016-2017: The Year in Review,” San Francisco, CA, January, 2017
  • Panelist, PLI California MCLE Marathon Program 2016, Current Developments in Legal Ethics, San Francisco, CA, December 2016
  • Speaker, “Legal Ethics for California Lawyers 2016-2017” The Rutter Group, Universal City, CA, November, 2016
  • Speaker, “Fee-Sharing Fundamentals, Strategies and Trends” The Rutter Group, Universal City, CA, November, 2016
  • Panelist, State Bar of California, 89th Annual Meeting, “Really Interesting Legal Ethics Stuff,” San Diego, CA, September, 2016,
  • Speaker, ABA 42nd Annual Meeting, “Rethinking Advertising Rules,” Philadelphia, PA, June, 2016
  • Panelist, State Bar of California, Ethics Symposium, “Redux: Who’s Running the Profession? The Future of Rules-Making and the Disciplinary Process,” San Francisco, CA, April, 2016
  • Speaker, Hinshaw & Culbertson LMRM Conference, Joint program on “Phantom Clients and How to Exorcise Them,” Chicago, IL, March, 2016
  • Speaker, BASF Legal Ethics Program, “The Law Governing Lawyers 2015-2016: The Year in Review,” San Francisco, CA, January, 2016
  • Speaker, NOBC/APRL joint program on the Regulation of Lawyer Advertising, Chicago, IL, July, 2015
  • Speaker, 14th Hinshaw & Culbertson LMRM Conference, “Conflicts: Who is Your Client?”, Chicago, IL, February, 2015
  • Speaker, CEB/Alameda County Bar Association, “FAQs: The Lawyer’s Duty of Confidentiality,” Oakland, CA, January, 2015

Recent Articles (Since 2015)

  • “Threats, Extortion and Legitimate Advocacy,” California Lawyers Association Journal of the Litigation Section, Vol 33 No. 2 (2020)
  • “How Not to Be A Lawyer,” Daily Journal, March 22, 2019
  • “Recent Developments on Professional Responsibility and the Attorney- Client Privilege” PLI’s California MCLE Marathon 2017, September 2017; co-authored with Sarah J. Banola, Esq.
  • “De-Unifying California’s Integrated Bar,” Daily Journal, April 17, 2017
  • “Navigating Duties Between Prospective and Former Clients,”  Practicing Law Institute December, 2016
  • “Rethinking Lawyer Advertising Rules,” 23 The Professional Lawyer, 23 (ABA 2016)
  • Co-Author, Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL), 2016 Supplemental Report of the Regulation of Lawyer Advertising Committee, June 20, 2016
  • Co-Author, Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL), 2015 Report of the Regulation of Lawyer Advertising Committee, June 22, 2015

 

 

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